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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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Being human is being intelligent learning interacting with other beings of different species while being kind and compassionate towards them
Solomon
- Solomon, Portland, OR
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to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
Being human being smart, We aren't tougher then other animals. Without tools, symbolic language, way of thinking ect. we would've died out.
Daniel Joseph Marchand
- Daniel Joseph Marchand, Waterville, ME
5
To live a long and happy life.
Jack R.
- Jack R., Iowa
3
Being humans is having a unique form of communication and ability to learn and teach. Narrow pelvis and fluid bi pedal walking = human
Zach
- Zach, Heeger
0
It means to be created in God's image, but imperfect.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Pennsylvania
0
To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
1
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
Are we human or are we dancers?
the killers
- the killers, music,
0
Being human means being able to show compassion to and feel empathy for others.
Emily Waldren
- Emily Waldren, Chicago, IL
4
Having the abilities to think, refine natural resources for our own comfort and protect or kill other species.
Jason
- Jason , Sydney, Australia
0
it means to be not a neanderthal
henry
- henry, cali
0
To be human means to communicate, risk everything to survive, create new tools and relationships, as well as overcome the Earth.
AHALRL
- AHALRL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
0
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
It means that we have the ability to create and cherish the arts, our environment, different species, and each other. Please do so often.
Michael Hollman
- Michael Hollman, Oakland, CA
0
To grasp with a thumb tools to till the soil, tools to hunt, tools to create and destroy.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, North Carolina
0
Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
5
Humans are land based organisms which rely on powerful inventions, elaborate plans, and fellowship. They perform scientific investigations.
Philip Moseman
- Philip Moseman, Omaha, NE
0
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
We are all colonies of life, indelibly connected to this world. To be human is an illusion, for we are merely a transition.
Cormac Nolan
- Cormac Nolan, York, UK
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
5
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
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