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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 completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
5
To be human is to be able to play god, we are able to give life, make life and take life away.
andrew shely
- andrew shely, New York
1
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
It means mammals who are very intellegent and focused on two things,dominating and surviving!!
Austin 8th grade science class
- Austin 8th grade science class, Pennsylvania, mount union high school
5
To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
0
Its to be grateful for what we have and fortunately we evolved right in order for us to succeed and survive throughout life!
Leslie
- Leslie, Chicago
0
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
to learn by making mistakes due to emotions and in some ocassions repeating them, until you get it right.
david constable v.
- david constable v. , Panama city, Panama
0
To express ourselves through our own personalities and lifestyles.To hate, cherish, create, rejoice, forgive, crave, love, to live.
Anna
- Anna, Georgia
1
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, USA
0
I think to be human is to be living life and having your own state of mind.
Alissa
- Alissa, Springfield
0
i think it mens to be able to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Thats what i think
bryce
- bryce, NY
1
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
To be human is to choose to care about another of our species and those of other species. It is to love and to be loved.
Ann Bartok-Venetis
- Ann Bartok-Venetis, Toronto, Canada
4
It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
0
Being human is above all a social condition. Our knowledge, collaboration, and competition has distinguished us as human.
Giselle
- Giselle, Portland, OR
0
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
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
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 have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
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
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
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
Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5