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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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To communicate with others, feel emotions, work together with our differences, explore, be innovative, & change the world.
Sarah
- Sarah, Portland, OR
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To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
Living life to the fullest.
@pohsitive on Instagram
- @pohsitive on Instagram , USA
0
To be human, means that we are not perfect. We make mistakes, get hurt, mess up again and again. But that's what makes us human.
Lyssi
- Lyssi, Wisconsin
0
To be human, means that we are able to partake on a journey using our minds, across planet Earth.
Anna
- Anna, DE
0
To be human is to be the most egotistical, self-absorbed, destructive, atrocity-committing species on the planet.
Steve Schlarb
- Steve Schlarb, Irving, Texas
0
Being human means having a soul. Humans are the only beings with the divine love of truth and the power to investigate it comprehensively.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Philippines
0
Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
0
We make mistakes and learn from them. We create new ideas. We have to grow and learn step by step, how to live and act.
Megan N.
- Megan N., Roosevelt High School
5
We are the universe itself, pondering: "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is my place in the grander scheme of things?"
Prof
- Prof, USC, Colombia
0
Being able to change and adapt to what lies ahead of us.
Coralie
- Coralie, Cody, WY
0
to compound information from one generation to the next plus the ability to observe oneself
Jesse
- Jesse, Pensacola
0
bacon and ipods
isaiahdawebb
- isaiahdawebb, lol not tellin
0
To be yourself but with a little bit of everyone.
Maddie
- Maddie, Astoria, Oregon
0
To be fearful
Valerie Perez
- Valerie Perez, Portland, OR
0
We are capable of so many things. We are in control of so little things.
TW
- TW, USA
1
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
As humans we have the ability to comprehend that we exist with millions of other species and that our actions affect all living things.
Greg L
- Greg L, Memphis, TN
0
being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
0
We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
5
To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
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 require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
To know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
5
use and manufacture tools, have a sense of community, have opposable thumbs, and be bipedal. also have a more developed frontal lobe.
Noa the Sapien Sapien
- Noa the Sapien Sapien, San Diego, CA
5
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
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
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5