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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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We are artists. Whether we tell our story with words, paint or music, we want to understand and to be understood.
Darren Thompson
- Darren Thompson, Westerville, OH
5
human means that you have the urge to create a god!
haratsis evangelos hector
- haratsis evangelos hector, greece athens
4
To be human is to know that God made me to know Him, to love Him and be happy with Him in the next life.
Hal M.
- Hal M., Boston, MA
0
Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
1
To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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 have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Croaby
- Angus Croaby, Hong Kong
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
Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
0
To be human is to understand morality and ethics.
Cindy D
- Cindy D, Rutgers-Newark
1
To seek, for what you do not already know may be the most important for the future
Anyone you seek
- Anyone you seek, anywhere you seek
0
Did you know the 1st word was danger? We communicated back then and do so now in different ways! This is what it means to be human.
OS
- OS, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
To be aware of the Creator who made us through this marvelous process of evolution
Jerry
- Jerry, Seattle
0
I think our defining characteristic, that which sets us apart , is our intelligence.
Nicolas, 18
- Nicolas, 18, Ontario, Canada
0
To deal with the knowledge that someday we are going to die, and there is nothing we can do about it, and we know nothing of it.
Zachary
- Zachary, Sweet
0
To look back upon our past actions and explore where we came from, to ask questions , to be skeptical, and most of all be loving and caring
Drew M.
- Drew M., Rockville, MD
0
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
Being human means that I can analyze any given situation, climate or predator.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, Trinidad
0
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 struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
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
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
To know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
To be human means to only be able to do so much. I also agree with andrew shely from new york.
Deziree rosignon
- Deziree rosignon , houston,texas
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
5
to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
5
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
use and manufacture tools, have a sense of community, have opposable thumbs, and be bipedal. also have a more developed frontal lobe.
Noa the Sapien Sapien
- Noa the Sapien Sapien, San Diego, CA
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
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
that we can do whatever we want
joe
- joe , waterville
5
to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
5