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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; in an effort to features as many as possible, we will be featuring new answers approximately everyh two weeks (so check back to see if you answer has been featured!).

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The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
A human being is selfish, greedy creature who is utterly careless of the environment surrounding him.
Mariam
- Mariam, Toronto
0
to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
0
To BE Human is to Love. To simply and wholly Love.
Jacob
- Jacob, Kentucky
0
Is the potential to overcome our primal roots and recognize the concept of history.
Nathan Dawthorne
- Nathan Dawthorne, London Ontario Canada
0
To make mistakes, learn from them, and realize what went wrong in order to go in the right direction.
Kathleen Jackson
- Kathleen Jackson, Inwood, WV
2
To be human means to to be human, there is no definition for something so complex.
Karim
- Karim, Rajmohamed
0
To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
5
What does it mean to be human ? It means survival and domination.
Jeh
- Jeh, Lay
2
Being human means being able to be frightened and amazed by your world at the same time.
Joe Flynn
- Joe Flynn, Burtonsville, Maryland
4
To use eating utencils... some of the time
Meghan
- Meghan, Alexandria, VA
1
To live a long and happy life.
Jack R.
- Jack R., Iowa
3
To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
0
A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
0
I've a "Schopenhauerian", pessimistic view with artistic beauty: to be a human (a living being) is terrible and very troubling.
Wim Daeleman
- Wim Daeleman, Belgium
1
have more advanced cognitive skills able to reason
shania
- shania, washington state
0
We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
0
To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
Katie
- Katie, London
0
I think being human is being able to learn and discover new things
Timothy Connor
- Timothy Connor, Elizabethtown PA
3
A bipedal primate with the ability to ask the question "who and what am I".
David L. Jones
- David L. Jones, Ga.
0
I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
5
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
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
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
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5