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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 be human is to strive to increase knowledge based on evidence, and to be increasingly free of superstition, dogma and ignorance.
James
- James, Maine
0
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5
a bipedal that is called a human
big time loser
- big time loser, idk
3
Be responsible for what is going on & before Creator. Every creature has brains & feelings but man shoulders responsibility for the future.
Zarine L. Arushanyan
- Zarine L. Arushanyan, Armenia
1
Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
1
To be aware that life is not without the responsibility of valuing all forms of it, not in dominion but in equanimity and synergy.
J.T.
- J.T., Washington, DC
1
To be most moronic and irresponsible creature that exhausts all the resources with Extreme arrogance.
NobleSpirit
- NobleSpirit, Singapore
1
To be human is to have a culture.
Jenna
- Jenna, NYC
0
It means whatever we want it to mean. This is the greatest gift of our humanity.
Omair Malik
- Omair Malik, Lahore, Pakistan
0
To live life can do it well and with confidence
JFK
- JFK, Selby
0
That we should be consious of the vulnerability of our homeplanet and the lifeforms that are on it.
rob van der vlugt
- rob van der vlugt, holland
2
I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, USA
0
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
to be human means to stick together keep are earth clean come as one and be gods children no matter what you belive in
lynn
- lynn, atlanta,georgia
5
Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
0
To explore macroscopic and microscopic, improve ourselves to the point war no longer exists.
Lee
- Lee, Florida
1
Being human means having the ability to respond to situations in many different ways, by learning from others and thinking of new ideas.
Jonas
- Jonas, Cremorne
0
what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
5
Humans were best adapted to outwit every other species on the planet for better or for worse.
John
- John, Northern California
0
to live on earth with a brain a spine no claws and live civilized
angelina
- angelina, nc
0
It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
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
The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
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 differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
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
You are able to walk on two feet and use collective learning in order to gain an understanding of different perspectives.
Issy
- Issy, Sydney
5
To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
To be human is to be curious. To wonder, to explore, to invent, to create art, to love, & to learn about ourselves & the universe we live in
Bret Raoulsen
- Bret Raoulsen, Winnebago, Il
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
Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
5
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
5
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
5
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
5
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5