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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 live in a self-constructed world of symbols and concepts. To touch "reality" only occasionally
Rich
- Rich, Columbus, Ohio
0
DNA.. Nothing more
Christopher Sanders
- Christopher Sanders, Dallas
1
To make mistakes, learn from them, and realize what went wrong in order to go in the right direction.
Kathleen Jackson
- Kathleen Jackson, Inwood, WV
2
To be human is to fear death.
Glynis
- Glynis, Texas
1
To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
5
To be Human is to be simple and complex. It is to be understanding and compassionate. A tool for Love. An extension of the Universe.
Lumen
- Lumen, Tampa, FL
0
to be human we have to be domeinit and intelligent in order to survive and know how to survive
kevin
- kevin, new york
0
To express ourselves through our own personalities and lifestyles.To hate, cherish, create, rejoice, forgive, crave, love, to live.
Anna
- Anna, Georgia
1
I think being human means to fulfill one's passions and goals in life.
Haylee
- Haylee, California
0
How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
0
To have inlaws.
Jim
- Jim, New Jersey
1
To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
0
To be part of an intelligent species who self modifies evolution rules. Species makes robots to channel evolution to creative individuals.
Sheethal
- Sheethal, SD, CA
0
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
0
This means that reconstruct the earth and live for each other and to worship God.
khadija
- khadija, Oma
1
To be human means to be your own, to have a special, unique personality. It is an honor and every minute of every life should be charished.
Sarah
- Sarah , wilmington, NC
4
to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
1
people are diffrent from animals because we have the ability to reason and communicate.
chris
- chris, belleville il
0
To have consciousness.
Maralee
- Maralee, Silver Spring, MD
0
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
to learn from the past, live the present and dream for the future
Emma
- Emma , Mauritius
5
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
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 know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5