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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 experience emotions. To feel everything. To be conscious, and aware. Understand what many things/others cannot.
Lexy Alcantar
- Lexy Alcantar, McAllen, TX
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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 HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
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To be human is to survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
0
To be egotistical enough to think you have the right to recreate the environment instead of living in it.
David
- David, Dallas
0
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
human means that you have the urge to create a god!
haratsis evangelos hector
- haratsis evangelos hector, greece athens
4
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
to think and question all that you see and hear.
adi ben hur
- adi ben hur, israel
0
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
To be able to use past experiences (ours, our cadre, and forebearers) to determine our actions beyond instictive responses.
Pete
- Pete , VA
0
Humans foresee the future, plan for and adjust for unforeseen events, understand fear and can teach ourselves to get over problems.
John Herrick
- John Herrick, Tampa, Florida, USA
0
As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
0
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
To be human, is to believe that there is a Creator of the Universe Whom bring out something from nothing.
Azrin Afandi
- Azrin Afandi, Singapore
0
How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
0
to have a sense of self and an identity, with thoughts and feelings
gabi
- gabi, Maryland
0
Ser Humano significa SER ESPIRTUAL viviendo una experiencia HUMANA (Be Human means Be Spiritual living a Human experience)
Felipe Bobadilla
- Felipe Bobadilla, Chile
0
it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
5
Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
0
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
5
To contribute to our world and to the lives of others in a helpful way, and making decisions as to how to accomplish that task.
Zach
- Zach, Green Hill Zone, Mobius
5
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5