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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 a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
Being able to understand why I have the instincts I do and reject those which are unhelpful.
Helen
- Helen, London
0
Two things come to mind: 1) Adaptability via technology and tools and 2) the ability to communicate and work together.
Steve
- Steve, Philadelphia
1
Being human means to advance. To constantly move forward always adapting and changing things around us.
Daniel Lawson
- Daniel Lawson, Mount Vernon, IL
0
being human is he best ever thing ever existed in the existence of life. being human means everything, it's the best thing God ever created.
Prude
- Prude, BAGUIO
0
To be human means to innovate and change the world. Humans are constantly changing and making new tools which rivaled other animals.
JWLB
- JWLB, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be human, is to believe that there is a Creator of the Universe Whom bring out something from nothing.
Azrin Afandi
- Azrin Afandi, Singapore
0
To be a human is to be a bipedal, very intelligent and self-aware primate capable of conscious and complex thought.
Spencer
- Spencer, Gaithersburg, MD
4
To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
5
Being human means having the ability to love.
Hannah
- Hannah, Atlanta, GA
1
Humans are defined by their inquisitiveness to determine their origin.
Hope C. Ostrander
- Hope C. Ostrander, Cortland University, NY
2
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5
To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
0
To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
Katie
- Katie, London
0
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
To be able to change the roll of toilet paper correctly, paper in the pull down position.
Alice Tully-Hall
- Alice Tully-Hall, Denver, Colorado
0
Its to be grateful for what we have and fortunately we evolved right in order for us to succeed and survive throughout life!
Leslie
- Leslie, Chicago
0
To use eating utencils... some of the time
Meghan
- Meghan, Alexandria, VA
1
Being human means being born to die
Tearra Ferguson
- Tearra Ferguson, North Carolina
0
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
5
Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
5
being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
5
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Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
5
The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5