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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 create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
It means that you are alive, you walk up straight, you have a big mind and you live a special life.
Kabo Modikwa
- Kabo Modikwa, Botswana
0
Being human means to be responsible for the whole world because of deeper insight.
Peer
- Peer, Germany
0
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
To be human is to mate and reproduce with other humans to continue the process of evolution
Sanket Narayana
- Sanket Narayana, Emmaus, PA
0
To not only be able to ask, but to actively seek an answer to this question.
Josh
- Josh, UK
4
It means to have knowledge and a choice
Jose
- Jose, Berlin, Germany
0
Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
0
to learn by making mistakes due to emotions and in some ocassions repeating them, until you get it right.
david constable v.
- david constable v. , Panama city, Panama
0
A man thinks calmly with eye's filled with compastion, beside him the same man is yelling eye's filled with hate
Humans are, Part god, part beast to be human is to wrestle with our selfs. And ultimately, to choose which one will guide our actions.
Zavian
- Zavian, Canada
0
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
5
to be able to love!:)
maddie
- maddie, WI USA
0
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
Live until you die.
M
- M, Malaysia
0
Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
0
language, ability to abstract, ability to generalize, conscious thought using abstractions of reality
DR EDGAR SHRIVER
- DR EDGAR SHRIVER, United States
0
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
Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
1
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5
It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
5
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
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
taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5