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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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Being human means being able to be frightened and amazed by your world at the same time.
Joe Flynn
- Joe Flynn, Burtonsville, Maryland
4
To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
sgreco
- sgreco, earth
0
To know your roles and responsibilities as a guardian of all life on earth due to your development of consciousness
Mike
- Mike, Australia
0
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
Humans are innovative. We come up with ideas every day. Humans also communicate. We do it verbally and with hand gestures.
ATSL
- ATSL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
formar parte de una rama evolutiva animal llamada homínidos.
encarnación
- encarnación, españa
0
To have the most gifted abilities over all creatures.
Chirstopher
- Chirstopher, Mesa,AZ
0
Humans are defined by their inquisitiveness to determine their origin.
Hope C. Ostrander
- Hope C. Ostrander, Cortland University, NY
2
i think it mens to be able to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Thats what i think
bryce
- bryce, NY
1
Being human is to die. There is no purpose to existing one day everything that youve done won't matter no one will remember. Everything dies
Edge McJohnson
- Edge McJohnson, Australia
0
Helpful and Hurtful Unique Magnificent and monstrous Amazing and awful Never predictable
Anjali Gupta
- Anjali Gupta, California
0
Is to love and forgive.
Mike Cayot
- Mike Cayot, Unknown
1
it means to be the highest class of animals that God made to help Him manage the world that He created. :)))
Emem Cruz
- Emem Cruz, Philippines
0
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
To make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
0
to know that you will die...
haratsis
- haratsis, athens
0
i think what it means to be a human is to make mistake and by making them adapt into the environment
marcus
- marcus, melbourne
0
Having the capability to think rationally and share feelings with other humans
Mary Frank
- Mary Frank, Richland College
0
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
5
To have faith.
Alexis
- Alexis, South Carolina
1
we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
5
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
5
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
5
The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
5
To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
5
it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
5
To contribute to our world and to the lives of others in a helpful way, and making decisions as to how to accomplish that task.
Zach
- Zach, Green Hill Zone, Mobius
5
To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
5
What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
5