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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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Humans have long communicated through language, and invented tools that have enabled our species to survive and thrive.
Janet Arredondo
- Janet Arredondo, Jeffersonville INy
1
Despite our bright minds, we have evolved to feel true affection, respect and attachment to one another.
Melody P.
- Melody P., High Tech High LA
0
To think,to love people, to explore,to learn
YU-CHIEH
- YU-CHIEH , Taiwan
0
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
That we are capable of making a mistake!
Salty dog
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
0
To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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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
this picture shows how our minds are more complex than any other being.
Being a human means a lot of things. You have the biggest brains. We can share our deepest emotions.
Jhirbron Tonge
- Jhirbron Tonge, 2300 Good Hope RD SE APT 419
0
Be the best of nature. Maybe. :-)
Darius
- Darius, Slovakia
0
Mark Twain wrote that humans are the only animals that blush.
Kevin Horn
- Kevin Horn, Easton, PA
0
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving Universe.
Trisha Freiermuth
- Trisha Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL
4
Being human means to have the ability of walking on two legs and to think creatively for all situations that appear.
noah
- noah, Springfield Renaissance school
0
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
The be human is to stare into the coding of life and the universe, and understand it at the same time. As well as find penises funny
Rin
- Rin, London
4
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
To be capable of understanding and deciding, "What it means to be human."
Taylor Vendetta
- Taylor Vendetta, Cape May, New Jersey
2
To be human is to know the world at a larger scale; to understand the cause and effect of our actions and to know that we will die.
Conor Bulkeley-Krane
- Conor Bulkeley-Krane, Portland
1
To be human is to having a higher understanding of what is going on in the world around you.
Jessica Cruz
- Jessica Cruz, Chicago, IL
3
For us, H. sapiens, upright walk, precision grip, symbolic thought
Scott H.
- Scott H., Dubuque, IA, USA
0
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
5
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5