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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 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
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To walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
0
To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
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
Humans are the only animal that kill each other in mass quantity for torture and sport. Perhaps that was what the Pit of Bones was.
nina moore
- nina moore, Northern California, US
4
An arsenal of concepts that manifest as either physical objects and structures or cultural practices.
William
- William, Oregon
0
We are all colonies of life, indelibly connected to this world. To be human is an illusion, for we are merely a transition.
Cormac Nolan
- Cormac Nolan, York, UK
5
...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
2
The ability to think beyond cause and effect. We have the capacity to create beyond need and venture into the creative world of want.
Laura
- Laura, Atlanta, Ga
4
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
Being human means to use your brain to stay alive. For example, adapting to your surroundings. Also to find ways to use tools for survival.
Jose
- Jose , Woodburn, Oregon
0
our bodies can digest almost any kind of food, and we don't have to live in one area because our bodies can adapt to different climates
Paris
- Paris, Rock hill
0
Being human means making mistakes...and learning from them.
Brian Estarella
- Brian Estarella, Lancaster california
0
To be human is to feel feelings and have the ability to have empathy for another.
Christine R
- Christine R, Boston
0
It means to do what your Creator want from you to do.
Abbas
- Abbas, Pakistan
0
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
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
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
to be part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving Universe.
Trisha Freiermuth
- Trisha Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL
4
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
5
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
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
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
5
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5