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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 a person that is distinguished from an animal.
garen
- garen, washungton dc
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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
Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
0
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
To be human is to be bipedal, be intellegent, and an individual. Also to communicate and have your own characteristics.
Imani
- Imani, The Renaissance School
4
We have a brain that has a million gigs of memory. We also the ability of Adaptation we adapt to the environment.
Alex Murphy
- Alex Murphy, High Tech LA
0
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
To be human is to own your humanity. Our ancestors didn't struggle to make sure our species survived just to have us destroy our planet.
Ethel Arauz
- Ethel Arauz, Fayetteville, NC
0
To be put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
0
To be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
Jessica
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
0
To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
0
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
To be organized and inventive, to speak our ideas, to pray to our creator
Steve Taikowski
- Steve Taikowski, Orlando, Florida
0
To be human is wanting to be known and recognized, to change the world, to adapt to surroundings and to be loved by others.
Alvina
- Alvina, California
0
To be human means to think and be creative, to love, to be spontaneous. To know the difference between good and evil.
Bekka
- Bekka, St. Louis
0
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
5
To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
5
To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
5
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
5
Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
To know more than you should and think less than you could
F Cahill
- F Cahill, Dublin Ireland
5