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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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That we are capable of making a mistake!
Salty dog
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
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It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
1
To be human is to be a highly adaptable intelligent and self aware hominid.
Xander
- Xander, California
0
To ponder the humans who came before and will come in the future.
Matt
- Matt, Arizona USA
0
To be human means to think and be creative, to love, to be spontaneous. To know the difference between good and evil.
Bekka
- Bekka, St. Louis
0
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
5
to live life to the fullest
anita miller
- anita miller, losangeles
0
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5
To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
0
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
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
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmond
5
To be human is to be AWESOME!!!!!! for example MEEEEE
Eric Nakamoto
- Eric Nakamoto, Culver City, CAlifornia
0
To question
Jake
- Jake, MD,USA
0
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5
There are many ways to be human. Their stone tools help us build cities, and communities.
Isaiah
- Isaiah, Arizona
0
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
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 be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
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
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5