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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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An intelligent species gifted with ability to observe, think and analyse the diversities of mother nature to recognize his Creator.
shakeel jamal
- shakeel jamal, arlington texas USA
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To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5
alway look for more. more KNOWLEDGE, more answers, etc....human curiosity!!!
Alejandro
- Alejandro, Viña del Mar, Chile
0
Since you are reading this i assume you are human therefore to be human is simply to be.
Marcos Escobar
- Marcos Escobar, Long Beach, Ny
3
to be human means to be the first animal who questions itself and search its own origin
adam
- adam, spain
0
To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
1
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
0
to have a conscience
dominique
- dominique , las vegas
0
It means that we are different than other relatives of the chimps.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Bangor,Maine
0
to believe that you're better than other life.
aly
- aly, CA
0
To be human is to choose to care about another of our species and those of other species. It is to love and to be loved.
Ann Bartok-Venetis
- Ann Bartok-Venetis, Toronto, Canada
4
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
5
Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
5
To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
0
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
language, ability to abstract, ability to generalize, conscious thought using abstractions of reality
DR EDGAR SHRIVER
- DR EDGAR SHRIVER, United States
0
To be human is to question.
David Masters
- David Masters, Kiev
0
If dogs like you and come up to you wagging their tails to be petted, then you are human. :)
RJE
- RJE, Potomac, MD
5
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
5
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
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
A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
5
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
for me being a human is like learning and discovering many things that we don't know.and that makes us strong
allain gorembalem
- allain gorembalem, legapi philippines
5
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5