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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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Communication of creative and abstract thought.
Tribble and Linda Gann
- Tribble and Linda Gann, Aurora, MO
4
Make Mistakes. Learn. Enjoy.
Brittany
- Brittany, Ocean Shores, WA
4
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
To be able to ask ourselves that question.
Katherine Laine
- Katherine Laine, Victoria, British Columbia
1
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
Being human is being created in the image of God for the purpose of glorifying God. Having relationship with Him is the measure of humanity.
Ken Chalupnik
- Ken Chalupnik, United States of America
1
To step outside of our own humanity and evaluate it.
Adam
- Adam, Connecticut
4
We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
0
Words don't even come close, because to be human is not a meaning, it's a feeling.
Hubert Meeker
- Hubert Meeker, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
1
Being human means to use your brain to stay alive. For example, adapting to your surroundings. Also to find ways to use tools for survival.
Jose
- Jose , Woodburn, Oregon
0
To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
0
Dance a jig on 5th Avenue with a banana in your ear.
Rich Little
- Rich Little, New York
1
constituting the only known form of organised matter in which the universe has become conscious of itself, in other words self-reflexive
Wim van Binsbergen
- Wim van Binsbergen, Haarlem the Netherlands
0
Being human is being bi-pedal,being able to think and communicate abstractly,adapting to surroundings and learning and making new things.
Mrs. McPhee's Class C
- Mrs. McPhee's Class C, Litchfield Middle School
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To have the ability to recognize our own image and feel judgment towards it.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, NC
0
It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
0
We are apes with language ...with the same biological drives just with sociocultural interpretations
django
- django, ohio
0
To be human means to laugh, have fun, have the ability to learn and communicate, to understand and help others and to be an individual.
Mimi
- Mimi, NewYork
0
it means to be the highest class of animals that God made to help Him manage the world that He created. :)))
Emem Cruz
- Emem Cruz, Philippines
0
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
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
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, 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
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5