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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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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
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
To be human is to have a chin.
Jacob Freedom Germain
- Jacob Freedom Germain, Livermore, CA, USA
5
Focused Curiosity
Andrea
- Andrea, Canada
0
Someone with feelings and emotions.
Kat
- Kat, L.A
1
to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
To know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
5
Being human is being created in the image of God for the purpose of glorifying God. Having relationship with Him is the measure of humanity.
Ken Chalupnik
- Ken Chalupnik, United States of America
1
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
for me being a human is like learning and discovering many things that we don't know.and that makes us strong
allain gorembalem
- allain gorembalem, legapi philippines
5
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 be made in the image of God and loved unconditionally
Eric
- Eric, Metz, France
0
It means to, sadly, not be a magical wizard!
Jo
- Jo, Indiana
1
CAN NOT BREED WITH NONHUMANS
RONALD MOHORN
- RONALD MOHORN, CALIFORNIA
1
That we should be consious of the vulnerability of our homeplanet and the lifeforms that are on it.
rob van der vlugt
- rob van der vlugt, holland
2
Its kind of organisms, able to store the information of geology of region, desire, ability to survive, it thinks beyond the imagination
P. Muthukumar
- P. Muthukumar, NEW DELHI, INDIA
0
Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
5
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
to be a human means to live, having conscience that you will die.
gadea de santos
- gadea de santos, spain, madrid
0
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
5
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
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
to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5