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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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what it means to be human is walking upright on 2 legs
dontae
- dontae, manhattan, new york
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It means whatever we want it to mean. This is the greatest gift of our humanity.
Omair Malik
- Omair Malik, Lahore, Pakistan
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It means we can come to understand ourselves as the products of evolution and then use our powers of reason to make a more humane world.
Eric R Roberts
- Eric R Roberts, St. Louis, MO
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To be human is to feel compassion and feel emotions.
Tutt Baker
- Tutt Baker, Santa barbra
3
To explore, to find. To question, to answer. To learn, to teach. To live, to love.
James
- James, Victoria, Australia
0
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 reach out to one another and to take comfort in sharing companionship and love.
Suzie Hale
- Suzie Hale, Utah
5
Capable of "rational" thinking and having a concept of "mind".
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
0
I think being a human means to not litter on the earth.
Cordelia Zeckowski
- Cordelia Zeckowski, Annapolis md
5
This means that reconstruct the earth and live for each other and to worship God.
khadija
- khadija, Oma
1
to be human, you need to be a speaking,living, cultural being
Mike
- Mike, USA
0
To question
Stephan C
- Stephan C, Renton, Wa
0
Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
0
I hope, one day smarter than now...!
Alexis
- Alexis, Belgium
0
A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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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 be a highly adaptable intelligent and self aware hominid.
Xander
- Xander, California
0
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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
Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
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Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
5
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
The constant struggle to better our species as a whole. No other species has the comprehension to understand where they stand.
Lance King
- Lance King, Myrtle Beach, SC
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
Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
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
We are artists. Whether we tell our story with words, paint or music, we want to understand and to be understood.
Darren Thompson
- Darren Thompson, Westerville, OH
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
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5