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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 means to have emotions, to show and contain them. Also, that humans have the ability to remember the smallest things.
Mrs. McPhee Class D
- Mrs. McPhee Class D, Litchfield, NH
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To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
Helpful and Hurtful Unique Magnificent and monstrous Amazing and awful Never predictable
Anjali Gupta
- Anjali Gupta, California
0
The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
4
Pic of me feeding baby raccoon
Caring, compassion, nurturing, similiar yet different, intelligent, in God's likeness w/great capacity for love; the positive aspects.
Wendy
- Wendy, Grand Blanc, Michigan
1
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
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TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
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To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
sgreco
- sgreco, earth
0
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To be human it means to be able to make a change in the world, to have the ability to provide for yourself and others who are in need.
Jimena
- Jimena, Woodburn HS
0
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
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
To be human is to have feelings such as being happy or sad and also to find out what it means to be a human as you live your life
noemi healy
- noemi healy, washington, dc
0
To be a human means to be able to communicate, advance technology and love each others differences.
Sage
- Sage , NC
0
2 b the smartest most sophisticated species yet the dumbest & most savage. Our ego & belief of our superiority will be our downfall
Jen
- Jen, Santa Clarita
0
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
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
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
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 die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5