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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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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
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
A human is a bipedal primate that has the ability to teach, learn and communicate through culture, knowledge and complex languages.
Zeping Wang
- Zeping Wang, Los Angeles
0
When the abstract reasoning prevails over instincts, and also led us –guided by moral- to an enhanced enjoining of instincts
Manuel Vazquez
- Manuel Vazquez, Cuba
0
To be a concisous animal, understanding its ability to reason and rationalze.
shawn
- shawn, toledo, oh
2
To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
The recognition of self, the conscious being, and all the rational and irrational thinking that comes with this consciousness.
Wade Dodson
- Wade Dodson, Perth, Western Australia
4
to desire connection and express that connection through art
Dee
- Dee, San Francisco, CA
0
To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5
To grasp with a thumb tools to till the soil, tools to hunt, tools to create and destroy.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, North Carolina
0
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
It means that we are different than other relatives of the chimps.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Bangor,Maine
0
to see, to feel, to touch to live and to die to decay and return to this planet
Gita Yoanita
- Gita Yoanita, Indonesia
0
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
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
A special creation of God with the life God gives and associated responsibilities
Wale
- Wale, Texas
0
To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
5
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
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
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
To know love, ethics and do non-survival but hard efforts.
Amir
- Amir, Virginia
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
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
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
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
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5