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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 able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
You aren't perfect; you make mistakes. You have the power to change if you have the courage, and you can do whatever you set your mind to.
Carly Rose
- Carly Rose, Portland, Oregon
0
to be able to love!:)
maddie
- maddie, WI USA
0
To know we are different Other species view us as food, threat or a non-issue To us they are food, clothing, threat, commodity,companionship
Kelly
- Kelly , Chicago, Il.
4
To be human is to survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
0
I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, USA
0
It is to be innovative and smart
Laetishea
- Laetishea, Lexington
0
Humans are animals, and the only thing different that we do than other animals is pay taxes. Therefore to be human means to be taxed.
Laura
- Laura, Dallas
3
To be human means to see problems in different perspectives and to think and communicate in complicated ways.
Ariel
- Ariel, Phoenix, AZ
4
A human being looks like you; has some of the same features as you; has something in common with you.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
To be human means to search for a greater purpose in life other than mere survival.
Ana
- Ana, Maryland
0
We are the species that tells stories.
Dave Luckett
- Dave Luckett, Western Australia
1
To Be Human is to live a life of consciousness.
Duran Dior Sharp
- Duran Dior Sharp, Newport Beach, CA
0
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
Being human is to have emotion, a conscience, advanced societal structure, complex language, and a highly developed brain.
Mary
- Mary, Silver Spring, MD
0
To make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
0
To paraphase Mark Twain: to be the only creature that blushes . . . or that needs to.
Diana M. H. Smith
- Diana M. H. Smith, Springfield, MO
1
To be human is to experience emotions. To feel everything. To be conscious, and aware. Understand what many things/others cannot.
Lexy Alcantar
- Lexy Alcantar, McAllen, TX
0
To me humans are creative and innovative. It is those qualities that separated us from other hominid species.
Natasha Zakin
- Natasha Zakin, SWW, DC
4
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
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
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
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
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
It means mammals who are very intellegent and focused on two things,dominating and surviving!!
Austin 8th grade science class
- Austin 8th grade science class, Pennsylvania, mount union high school
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
To have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
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