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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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Being a human might sound easy but with being a human come a lot of responsibilities.
Jovany R.
- Jovany R., Roosevelt high school Portland Oregon
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It means having the ability to ask this sort of questions.
N.
- N., Gothenburg, Sweden
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human-an interactive life form that has five senses and the ability to communicate, use technology, and think.
Dominic
- Dominic, massachusetts
1
We no longer adapt to our environments. Rather, we manipulate our environments, forcing them to adapt to us.
Cassandra McLean
- Cassandra McLean, Rahway, NJ
4
To be able to think in terms of the abstract. That is, to speak, do art, math, etc. It is also the desire to understand our environment.
Jay
- Jay, Canada
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it means to be exproring the world and find diffrent parts of the world we never saw before
kanani
- kanani, Fontana CA
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to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
1
To be human is to seek a deeper meaning and emotion we do and see no matter how ordinary or complex it may be.
Immy
- Immy, London
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To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
To realize that though we have different physical features, we have all developed the same traits that enable our existence in this world.
Kay
- Kay, Maryland
0
To be human, is to be created in the image and likeness of God, our creator.
Caleb
- Caleb, California
0
To be human is to be imperfect. We make mistakes, but from those mistakes we make new discoveries.
Chelcy Calloway
- Chelcy Calloway, Washington DC
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To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
Animals have emotions and intelligence – but what differs humans from them, is the approach to the world of poetry, music, and mathematics
Roland Benn
- Roland Benn, Hamburg FRG
0
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
i think only this "sharing of emotion" is the meaning of being a human.
sasan
- sasan, iran
2
To be human is to have a culture.
Jenna
- Jenna, NYC
0
Humans foresee the future, plan for and adjust for unforeseen events, understand fear and can teach ourselves to get over problems.
John Herrick
- John Herrick, Tampa, Florida, USA
0
To be a being of God through an intelligent process which gives humans the ability to live and thrive.
Dr. Morcease J. Beasley
- Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, Covington, Georgia
0
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
5
it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5