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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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Each human is different and special. You won't find another yourself in the whole world. This is what I think it means to be human.
Katrina Kaif
- Katrina Kaif, Hong Kong
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To dream and discover.
Shyft Creys
- Shyft Creys, London, UK
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is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
"We have the ability to think and feel, and the free will to control them which results in our behavior and actions."
Frank M. Lin
- Frank M. Lin, Taipei, Taiwan
0
To err.
William O'Reilly
- William O'Reilly, NY
0
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
1
To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
1
To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
0
To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
3
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
To be human is to feel compassion and feel emotions.
Tutt Baker
- Tutt Baker, Santa barbra
3
Humans evolved so that one day we can learn the truth revealed by the present.
Towlie
- Towlie, Alaska
0
to be human is to have an impact on the environment as no other biological species has done before or after
KDKxa
- KDKxa, Argentina
0
To be human is to know right and wrong, to bend the environment to our needs for tools, and to feel emotions.
Autumn
- Autumn, Belleville East High School
0
To think and ponder over and above that which is needed for our survival. To analyze the environment. To think over complex problems.
Tzh Utmep
- Tzh Utmep, Pakistan
0
To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
0
To be human means to have emotions, to show and contain them. Also, that humans have the ability to remember the smallest things.
Mrs. McPhee Class D
- Mrs. McPhee Class D, Litchfield, NH
0
To have identity and consciousness.
Valentine
- Valentine, DC
1
The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
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