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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 species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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Despite our bright minds, we have evolved to feel true affection, respect and attachment to one another.
Melody P.
- Melody P., High Tech High LA
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To be human is to have the potential to enjoy hurting others.
Meredith Schuler
- Meredith Schuler, Pennsylvania
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To have the ability to wonder
Conner Bickford
- Conner Bickford, Roseville, CA
1
To be able to love, hate, forgive, imagine, invent, accomplish.
Anna
- Anna, Brazil
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To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
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to know how to think and be able to change
maria
- maria, portugal
5
to believe that you're better than other life.
aly
- aly, CA
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To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
To have a soul.
John
- John, Wherever Jesus is
1
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
It means to dream big and fly high, but remembering to be grounded.
Konal S
- Konal S , Roosevelt HS, Portland Oregon.
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to create and destroy stuff
Seymour Heinee
- Seymour Heinee, Your Butt
0
Empathy, and the ability to learn - and pass on that learning.
Estelle
- Estelle, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK
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To be curious and to have the ability to learn
Pedro Alejandro Matta
- Pedro Alejandro Matta, Santiago, Chile
0
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
To be human is to use our brain to evolve beyond our 600 million years of animal past and become part of a sustainable mosaic of life.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh, North Carolina
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
To be human is to be aware. To be more than what our instincts calls us to do. To be able to feel a wide range of emotions and have dreams.
Carl Victor Salazar
- Carl Victor Salazar, Bergenfield, NJ
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We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
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 be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
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 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
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
5
Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
5