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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 be human is to posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
To have every characteristics discerning human from any other species close or far different from humans.
Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo
- Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo, Nigeria
0
Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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to show that brains can conquer brawn.
Brad
- Brad, Illinois
0
to be human means to be understand mutual correlation among creatures, creation, and creator
Kus Bintoro
- Kus Bintoro, Jakarta
0
"We have the ability to think and feel, and the free will to control them which results in our behavior and actions."
Frank M. Lin
- Frank M. Lin, Taipei, Taiwan
0
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
To be human is to be a thread in the tapestry of consciousness.
Stephen
- Stephen , Ireland
4
To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
5
Our ability to think of this answer. Our ability to lie, love, compare and contrast. To create and invent. To predict and preprepare.
Matt R
- Matt R, Hudson River Valley, NY
1
We are but one of many known and unknown species. Created from an ongoing process enabled by earth's position relative to our star sun.
JW
- JW, Salt Lake City, Utah
4
I think to be human is: to think, to belong, to share, to be part of, to love, to be loved, to be shy, to be bold, to be selfish.
James Zaworski
- James Zaworski, Shenzhen, China
1
To know where one comes from, to be mindful of the future, and ever aware of both in the present.
Brandon Watson
- Brandon Watson, Montgomery, Alabama
0
The use imagination and opposable thumbs to progress, adapt and survive
Danielsen
- Danielsen, New York City
0
Thinking off the top of your head
To be human means to be instinctive, to not over-think a decision when you get a choice
Josh Goldberg
- Josh Goldberg, New York City
0
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
0
Living with the insight of who we were and the hope of knowing that we aren't finished evolving yet.
D. Morgan
- D. Morgan, Crossville, Tennessee
0
To seek eternal happiness and have kindness and compassion for all positivity and life around us.
Ashley
- Ashley, UK
0
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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 dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
be born, contribute/improve mother earth, discover, reproduce.
adrian
- adrian, florida
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
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 be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5