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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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being human means to have this unique sense of awareness and ability to comprehend what is around us in very detailed ways.
sumit karki
- sumit karki, alhambra, CA
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it means to be not a neanderthal
henry
- henry, cali
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To explore macroscopic and microscopic, improve ourselves to the point war no longer exists.
Lee
- Lee, Florida
1
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
To have DNA emotions relationships identity
Dorothy
- Dorothy, Hong Kong
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To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5
to understand the meaning of this question
rosie b-y
- rosie b-y, ithaca N.Y
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To love each other
Ash
- Ash, Gloucester
0
Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
0
To be human is to have a role in life, giving you purpose.
BigDaddyJohn
- BigDaddyJohn, Ny,Ny
0
to be human is to be intelligent, to have a larger brain, to have sences, and to walk upright.
Alexzandria Mitchell
- Alexzandria Mitchell, Springfield Renaissance School, MA
0
It means to be part of the species group Homo sapiens, and the ability to have complex language skills.
Caitlin McKee
- Caitlin McKee, Falls Church, VA
0
Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
0
To realize how much beauty there is in the world
Ivet
- Ivet, Boston
1
To be human means to use your brain, love, talk, socialize as well as share life and soul with other people.
VKAMEG
- VKAMEG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
5
The ability to actively pursue new ideas for the benefit of others
Robert J. Lewis Sr
- Robert J. Lewis Sr, Hemet, Ca
3
"We have the ability to think and feel, and the free will to control them which results in our behavior and actions."
Frank M. Lin
- Frank M. Lin, Taipei, Taiwan
0
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5
is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
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
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
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
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
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