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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 exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
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Life is about having a soul. It also means to see new things.
Chewbacca
- Chewbacca, starwars
1
We are humans because we alone can Ask this question"How to Save Mother Earth"?
Sandy
- Sandy, California
0
It means that we need to be smart enough to know that we don't have all the answers.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
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To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
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Being a child of God.
Sara
- Sara, Minnesota
1
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
<--- Me as a Homo floresiensis
To wonder what we would have looked like 95,000 to 17,000 years ago.
Christina
- Christina , Chicago, IL
1
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
Biologically; to be human is to have a high ratio of brain to body size, a brain that is highly complex, and to be obligating bipedal.
Ashley
- Ashley, Canada
0
Having the abilities to think, refine natural resources for our own comfort and protect or kill other species.
Jason
- Jason , Sydney, Australia
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to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
5
birth to death and everything in between. Love, hate, learn, compassion, grow,
Debbie Winnett
- Debbie Winnett, San Bruno
4
To be Human is to constantly seek meaning in the world around us, and trying to understand our purpose in this universe.
Katelin
- Katelin, CA, USA
0
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
When your human it means to be a mammal.A mammal has warm blood instead of cold blood like reptiles.Also humans are very intelligent.
Brad Cary
- Brad Cary, U.S.A
0
To have DNA emotions relationships identity
Dorothy
- Dorothy, Hong Kong
0
We knowingly over-use and destroy our resources, and do nothing.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
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
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5
We are artists. Whether we tell our story with words, paint or music, we want to understand and to be understood.
Darren Thompson
- Darren Thompson, Westerville, OH
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
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5
Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
5
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
To be human is to be curious. To wonder, to explore, to invent, to create art, to love, & to learn about ourselves & the universe we live in
Bret Raoulsen
- Bret Raoulsen, Winnebago, Il
5
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5
To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
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