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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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it means to be able to put a mark on the world as a testament of your own existence...
Sayak Chakraborty
- Sayak Chakraborty, Kolkata, India
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consciousness and the ability to question "creativity" and the unusual desire to control nature, instead of live with it.
anthony Krajci
- anthony Krajci, horsham Pa
0
To be human is to be a sentient fragment of the universe struggling to comprehend itself.
H Matthew Cooper
- H Matthew Cooper, Takoma Park, MD
1
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 be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
5
to be human means to be a mamal and have the ability to think, understand speech, speak and memorize information.
nadia
- nadia, maryland
2
human means created to praise god
nabeel
- nabeel, saudi arabia
0
to be a free man to discover to explore to care for all
s
- s, new york
0
We are the only animals with a conscience, so we must insure that we treat our fellow human beings and other animals kindly.
George
- George, London,England,UK
0
To err is human. Just kidding. A real human is animalistic, and anything better is not human, but a person regardless of species.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Alaska
0
To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
4
to empathize and plan ahead.
Naresh Sehgal
- Naresh Sehgal, Santa Clara, CA
0
The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
0
the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
5
It means to live love laugh, have faith, and do your best, you only have one life to live that God Blessed you with, make the best of it.
Jennifer Rose
- Jennifer Rose, Florida
0
To be human means to be created in the image of God
Daniel
- Daniel, Maryland
0
The full awareness of self and others.
Walter D. Shultz
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
0
It means we are more human or human more! Sè?
Alex
- Alex, IDK
0
To be a Homo sapiens
Anders Dahl
- Anders Dahl, Technical University of Denmark
0
It means to be self-conscious not only of oneself as a self, but one who lives a examinded life and who understands that he'll die one day.
Sandro Reis
- Sandro Reis, Danville, CA, USA
0
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
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
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 human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
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
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5