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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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To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
Being human is defined by a unique intuition that expresses being an individual.
Katrina Uyehara
- Katrina Uyehara, Los Angeles
0
Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions
Ansar
- Ansar, Woodburn
0
The core difference for Humans is the ability to direct our own evolutionary path. Deciding our own path is what it means to be Human.
Trevor
- Trevor, Washington, DC
2
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
5
humans of later life achieve great inventions, discover the past and walk into the future.
Francesca
- Francesca, Yardley, PA
0
to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
5
Being human means to live and interact with the environment.
Maddison
- Maddison, Sigourney, IA
0
To be able to use technology and access websites like this one. To share interests and experiences with others.
Omar Ahmed
- Omar Ahmed, Simi Valley, California
0
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
0
To be human is to have awareness of what we are capable of. We are able to teach others, creating a world full of constant learning.
Rebecca Hutchison
- Rebecca Hutchison , Torrance
0
To be able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
4
Humans can evaluate a situation, weight the pros and cons to make a decision rather than immediately act on pure instinct.
Christina
- Christina, Turnersville, NJ
1
To be human is to have the abilities of compassion, reason, and coexisting with everything in nature.
Sharnae
- Sharnae, Duluth, MN
0
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
5
Being human is being able to read, hear or see something and then being able to feel emotion from it.
Inigo
- Inigo, Australia
0
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
5
One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
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 cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
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
Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
5
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5