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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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To feel and to love
Adrian
- Adrian, 'merica
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Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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To show human qualities, not just being born a biological human. To have a better judgement of life and be there for others.
Nat
- Nat, New York
0
To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
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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
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having a chin and a forehead.
Jasmine
- Jasmine, New York
2
To question, To wonder, To share, To doubt ourselves, To ask what it means to be human
Carly L
- Carly L, Montana
4
Art, imagination, environmental alteration, connection, emotion, cognition, and purposeful creation and destruction all define being human.
Anthony Z
- Anthony Z, Maryland
0
To be human is to realize that if we are not careful our selfish genes could be our undoing.
Becca
- Becca, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
0
It means that you are an organism who has feelings and can love and be loved peace
Olivia
- Olivia, California
4
It means to be part of a family, found on Planet Earth, we have relatives too but they live very far away, living in their own home too.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
0
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
5
The constant pursuit of happiness we are always short of obtaining by a hair.
Yeliz T
- Yeliz T, Pennsylvania, USA
1
To believe in right versus wrong, that is correct, but it does not mean that we, as humans, always do what is right.
Ashvini
- Ashvini, Illinois
3
Make Mistakes. Learn. Enjoy.
Brittany
- Brittany, Ocean Shores, WA
4
To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
5
We make representations of the world around us.
Amy Callner
- Amy Callner, USA
0
Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
0
being human is the ability to have resiliance.
katie pollard
- katie pollard, alexandria, va
1
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
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 human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
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 be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
to learn from the past, live the present and dream for the future
Emma
- Emma , Mauritius
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
To have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
5
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
To know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
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
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5