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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 conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
To be human it means you have the same genetic structure and makeup, and nothing else can change that.
Austin Hed
- Austin Hed, Portland, Or
0
it means you are able to ask what does it mean to be human ? in the first place
Alex
- Alex, Yorkshire England
5
To be Human means that we have the right to learn about, to care and watch over, the organisms around us.
Jonathan
- Jonathan, Corona
0
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
Human Neural Plasticity: intelligence, time-sense, ingenuity, advanced socialization, culture, conceptual synthesis, logic, domestication.
S Churchill
- S Churchill, Washington State
3
WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
0
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
To proceed in daily life not just to survive but to strive to understand the world around me.
Derek Hammonds
- Derek Hammonds, Gahanna, OH
1
To live in a finite world and contemplate infinity.
Mark T
- Mark T, Worcester, MA
1
To be descended from ancient primates millions of years ago.
lizzie collins
- lizzie collins, Belleville,IL
0
Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
0
Being human is about being smart, caring, communicative, and a part of something more important than yourself.
Jonathan Graef
- Jonathan Graef, San Antonio TX
4
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
1
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
5
To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
5
To know we are different Other species view us as food, threat or a non-issue To us they are food, clothing, threat, commodity,companionship
Kelly
- Kelly , Chicago, Il.
4
To breathe and interact with other life and to be aware of your surroundings.
Krista
- Krista, Ohio
1
to be human means to be able to do things that we werent able to do yrs. back and to be able to think more clearly
clorissa
- clorissa, gloucester city jr.-sr. high school
0
To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
0
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
5
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
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
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
5
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5