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Submit Your Response to "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"

The Human Origins Initiative wants to know what YOU think it means to be human! Submit your response, and it may be featured on this website or in our exhibition.

Responses seen here come both from this website and the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins. We have had a wonderful outpouring of responses to this question, and we cannot feature every answer. Each time you visit this page, a different set of answers will be featured on the first page.

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To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
4
It is the ability to dream and unlock the secrets of the universe. The ability to refine our morality and make the world a better place.
Michael Martinez
- Michael Martinez, South Dakota
0
Walking, talking, thinking, and social being.
Bryan Plummer
- Bryan Plummer, ButLer, PA
0
To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
0
He chooses the way of his life and the way of his manner according to sensations and emotions,but rarely he thinks! So he is a human!
Masoud Masserrat
- Masoud Masserrat, Iran
0
live laugh love community destroy
Keith Johnson
- Keith Johnson, Ft. Lauderdale
0
Humans can think beyond what can be seen, creating new ideas. Using them to change our evolutionary path and our surroundings.
Clinton Williams
- Clinton Williams, Golden horseshoe, Canada
0
To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
5
for if we fail we try again untill we prevail
jazz matthews-wood
- jazz matthews-wood, melbourne australia
0
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
It means to have a relatively advanced brain, and the abilities to interact socially and to evolve based on the surrounding environment.
Iman
- Iman, Portland, OR
0
It means as humans we should stay in fairly good shape. You never know when you might have to run.
Louisiana
- Louisiana, USA
0
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
To be able to choose to serve something other than yourself
matthew
- matthew, austin, tx
0
Being human means asking questions and exploring what it means to be human. This website is a fantastic example of that! Kudos!
Beatrice Afrangui
- Beatrice Afrangui, Potomac, MD
1
to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
5
In order to be human, one must have the ability to communicate, contribute to society, and to have a good conscience.
Jake
- Jake , CA
0
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
5
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5