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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 commit genocide on those who are not necessarily in direct competition and are aware of and fear death - hence religion.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
To be human is to learn and build off knowledge from present and deceased generations. Essentially, to have continuous growth in thought.
Paul
- Paul, University of Maryland, College Park
0
to be able to have coomon sense, some sort of religion, abstract thinking abilities, and an ability of speech
john phillips
- john phillips, st.louis
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To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
It means you are able to read and comprehend that your species, homo sapiens, resides at the top of the evolutionary ladder.
Roger
- Roger, Phoenix
0
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
Respecting the diverse cultures that we each come from.
Kimberly
- Kimberly, Wright
0
To have life
Alexander Simpson
- Alexander Simpson, brock middle schhol
0
Humans constitute the first and only species which has named itself. We, humans, have proclaimed ourselves humans. To be human is to name.
Cedric Fangeat
- Cedric Fangeat, London
0
i think only this "sharing of emotion" is the meaning of being a human.
sasan
- sasan, iran
2
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
to have an imagination unlike the Neanderthals who had no need in the cold climate during the ice age
jon
- jon, Albert Lea, MN
0
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
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
Being human means to have emotion, feeling, thought, and the ability to slow our evolution to a point that we may never evolve again.
Kibbe
- Kibbe, Maryland
0
To be driven to find love and meaning for yourself.
Corey Bither
- Corey Bither, Boston, MA
0
That we are all connected
Titus
- Titus, Boone, NC
0
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
0
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
To reach out to one another and to take comfort in sharing companionship and love.
Suzie Hale
- Suzie Hale, Utah
5
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
it means you are able to ask what does it mean to be human ? in the first place
Alex
- Alex, Yorkshire England
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
To be human means to have human-like qualities, such as all the senses, and a brain. Lips, eyes, hair, and a nose are also essential.
Taylor
- Taylor, Washington, DC
5
To be a human means to have the ability to love
Kate
- Kate, PA
5
to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
5
The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
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 seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
Shootin' stuff, smoking, drivin, eating french fries, drinkin beer n watchin football. Pretty much anything we can do that monkey's can't.
Greg
- Greg, Saranac Lake, New York
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
5
Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
5