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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 be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
I'm not sure
Mrs. Chomik
- Mrs. Chomik, Stone age
0
Being human means walking, thinking, and working differently than other species.
Nina
- Nina, Portland, OR
0
The universe understanding itself.
kasey
- kasey, Erin, TN
4
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
We make representations of the world around us.
Amy Callner
- Amy Callner, USA
0
To be human is to flow to have life with meaning and feeling to find to find your inner dauntless and your inner reader
Katniss ever prior
- Katniss ever prior, DBMS
0
Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
0
Being human has only one goal that is to worship Allah
Taqwa
- Taqwa, Malaysia
1
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
5
To be human is to simultaneously be possessive of progress and regression; to transcend limits us, and to learn from what we've lost.
Joshua J. Washburn
- Joshua J. Washburn, Raleigh, North Carolina
2
Forwardly looking with curiosity and wonder.
To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
5
Humans communicate by complex language, thoughts and being creative. We celebrate different cultures, beliefs and customs.
Maheshi Gammanpila
- Maheshi Gammanpila, Los Angeles
0
To make the most out if the one life you have. To gain true knowledge and share it with the world for the advancement of civilization.
Will Dickerson
- Will Dickerson, Piedmont, South Carolina
0
Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
0
The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
5
Being human means to be responsible for the whole world because of deeper insight.
Peer
- Peer, Germany
0
Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
5
to be free
zeleny
- zeleny, CA
0
To have the ability to transcend our basic needs and feel for others in selfless manners and act on those motives: love.
Jonathan Hall
- Jonathan Hall, Chicago, Illinois
0
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
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
Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
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
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
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
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
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
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
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 realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5