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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 have been created in God's image. Is Australopithecus created in God's image? Maybe, probably not. Neanderthals? Harder to answer.
Joel Mackler
- Joel Mackler, Pittsburgh
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Our true nature is that of being a spiritual being having a physical experience where we learn from the physical reality of the universe
Fred Pirone
- Fred Pirone , Tampa
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To have an identity, and to understand this concept.
Greg Leonard
- Greg Leonard, Boston
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Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
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Humans are able to misconstrue reality and form an infinite amount of outcomes within our heads. No other animal has this capability.
Jason Peixoto
- Jason Peixoto, California, United States
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To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
5
It feels like i'm the most luckiest person on earth to be a human. We have so many advantages while people back then sometimes had to suffer
Smritii
- Smritii, 1356 west 235th street
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human-an interactive life form that has five senses and the ability to communicate, use technology, and think.
Dominic
- Dominic, massachusetts
1
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5
Few souls have the gift to be human-to be able to feel others pain and help them.
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA
1
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
live laugh love community destroy
Keith Johnson
- Keith Johnson, Ft. Lauderdale
0
To be a human is to have working organisms
Jez
- Jez, Whitehorse
0
Communication of creative and abstract thought.
Tribble and Linda Gann
- Tribble and Linda Gann, Aurora, MO
4
Being human means to know God in a personal way and having a personal walk with Him. We should do our best in this world to please Him.
Adam
- Adam, Woodbridge, VA
1
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
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To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5
It means you like to screw up nature and destroy the world it means you over cut down trees it means you have an ego the size of the sun
Chace Anthony
- Chace Anthony, Hiroshima Japan
0
To be human means that we strive for survival and gain knowledge to fill in the blanks of our curiosity.
Jenny R
- Jenny R, California
0
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
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 practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5