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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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The ability to be good and kind excessively.
Rohan Roger
- Rohan Roger, Harvard University
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Being human means having DNA and being able to reproduce.
kAITLYN GUERRERO
- kAITLYN GUERRERO, washington D.C
0
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
the ability to communicate with language
zoran
- zoran, sydney
0
It means to have a higher level of thinking.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
5
being human means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
0
To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, marikochrista28@yahoo.com
0
To evolve and adapt to your surroundings, and making a better and easier life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
0
we have an education that will take us through the right paths and get good things out of it.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
0
Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
4
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5
To be human is to be aware of oneself, living, supporting, providing for oneself and others in contribution to the entire human community.
Jason
- Jason, Brim
0
to be aware that life existed before you and it will go on without you.
Tony
- Tony, Edmond, OK
0
Being a human means being able to dominate the animal kingdom and to be the top of the food chain.
marty
- marty, washington dc
0
as the third smartest spcies on the planet (preceded by dolphins and mice) we have a responsibility to not kill ourselves and others
Griffin
- Griffin, Canada
0
What Does It Mean To Be Human
vishal
- vishal, surat
0
that we can do whatever we want
joe
- joe , waterville
5
It means to have a conscience about when you did something wrong so that you can fix it or at least try too.
Kyndell
- Kyndell, Missouri
0
To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
To have faith.
Alexis
- Alexis, South Carolina
1
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
We are all colonies of life, indelibly connected to this world. To be human is an illusion, for we are merely a transition.
Cormac Nolan
- Cormac Nolan, York, UK
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
5
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5