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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 step outside of our own humanity and evaluate it.
Adam
- Adam, Connecticut
4
It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
0
Being human means, having self control, profound intelligence, and being able to express one's self in a variety of ways.
Taylor Gaskins
- Taylor Gaskins, Washington, DC
0
That we make and control fire. We owe our species' development to fire, most distinctively-fundamentally speaking.
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
2
To decide if you will be one who makes life better for yourself or for others, and then discovering what everyone looks for in death.
Jarrod, Age 15
- Jarrod, Age 15, Seattle, WA, USA
0
To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
0
Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
0
being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
0
To be a living, walking, talking, creature who has artifical inteligence
Max
- Max, Cambridge, MA
0
Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
0
it means we are self aware & inventive tool users with the skills to develop a fast evolving culture & unmatched ability to shape the world.
Stuart Gregory
- Stuart Gregory, Bize-Minervois France
3
To lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
0
Being human is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
5
the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
0
To be human is to be the most egotistical, self-absorbed, destructive, atrocity-committing species on the planet.
Steve Schlarb
- Steve Schlarb, Irving, Texas
0
To reflect upon what it means to be human and share that with others via music, stories, poems, pictures, electrons, and Voyager spacecraft
JB Cassel
- JB Cassel, Richmond VA USA
5
To be human is to eat, drink and to be merry. For life is to short to be dull.
Kaleb Kane
- Kaleb Kane, Waterville, ME
5
To be human is to have the ability to be independent and be able to live using any given resource
Kaisley
- Kaisley, California
0
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5
to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
5
that we can do whatever we want
joe
- joe , waterville
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5