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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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Humans are land based organisms which rely on powerful inventions, elaborate plans, and fellowship. They perform scientific investigations.
Philip Moseman
- Philip Moseman, Omaha, NE
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To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
To start small and weak and grow to amazing lengths, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Judith T
- Judith T, Roosevelt HS
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To be capable of asking such a question.
Justin Graves
- Justin Graves, Wilmington, NC
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To be human is to live in unison with your environment, not be controlled by it but not have too much control either.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, OR
0
picture of the evolution from ape to modern day human
To be a human means to be able to hope and dream, to adapt and change, and to learn and love.
Marcus
- Marcus, Washington DC
0
being human is the ability to have resiliance.
katie pollard
- katie pollard, alexandria, va
1
Being human is making a lot of mistakes but learning from them and building off of them and developing as much as possible.
Erin A.
- Erin A., Roosevelt High School, Portland, OR
0
To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
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
being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
4
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
Being human means having a soul. Humans are the only beings with the divine love of truth and the power to investigate it comprehensively.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Philippines
0
It means language, fire control, clothing, knowledge, inner control and, above all, God seeking.
Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez
- Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia
0
To be compassionate and cognitive. A sentient being with frightining knowledge and apocalyptic capabilities.
Jarrad
- Jarrad, Roma, Queensland
0
Considered The Hologram of Love
I am. I am aware. I choose. [Repeat.] :-)
TJ
- TJ , Washington
0
To be a conscious being, capable of speech and complex thought, as well as emotions and ritual tendencies.
Katelyn
- Katelyn, Canada
0
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
live laugh love community destroy
Keith Johnson
- Keith Johnson, Ft. Lauderdale
0
To learn more about the world than what is needed to survive. To explore for the sake of exploration.
Joe Keiper
- Joe Keiper, Martinsville, VA
0
To have a basic goal to expand your bubble of intelligence.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
5
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
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
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
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
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
5