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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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We are aware of our own existence.
Frankie
- Frankie, oklahoma
1
Humans were best adapted to outwit every other species on the planet for better or for worse.
John
- John, Northern California
0
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
God gave some of His human-like creations SOULS along with many advanced abilities springing from advanced human brains.
keith mcelroy
- keith mcelroy, 20 lakeshore dr., wapwallopen, pa 18660-1312
1
To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
Katie
- Katie, London
0
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
0
what it means to be human is walking upright on 2 legs
dontae
- dontae, manhattan, new york
0
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
At the risk of sounding really glib. One thing it means to be human is to ask the question what does it mean to be human.
Richard
- Richard, Davies
2
Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
0
To be human is to think, feel, see, smell, hear, and taste what the world has to offer
Alex Bykovtsev
- Alex Bykovtsev, Santa Barbara California
1
being able to have compassion for species other than our own
bernardette
- bernardette, washington dc
1
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
1
To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
1
To look back upon our past actions and explore where we came from, to ask questions , to be skeptical, and most of all be loving and caring
Drew M.
- Drew M., Rockville, MD
0
To be human is to take care of the individuals of our own species, be they the disabled, the elder, or the dead ones.
gas
- gas, Spain
0
Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
0
We teach; we can take anothers' perspective; and we not only perceive relationships between things, we invent them.
Davy Neyder
- Davy Neyder, Toronto
2
To be human is to be bipedal, be intellegent, and an individual. Also to communicate and have your own characteristics.
Imani
- Imani, The Renaissance School
4
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
To travel in time -- to know the past and anticipate the future. To understand and personalize death.
Judy Aliason
- Judy Aliason, Palm Harbor, FL
5
To have a soul specially created by God. To be made in God's image.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
5
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
To be human is to be aware of our Creator, we are all made in the image of God! And made for a purpose.
Elizabeth Coakley
- Elizabeth Coakley, Sterling, CO
5
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
To be human is to collectively pay homage to the past and create a dynamic future, while being uniquely aware of both.
Dan Chadwick
- Dan Chadwick, Falls Church, VA
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
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5