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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 better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
Shadow of family cast by vert. bands of blue and yellow light. Dad holds phone.
“Being” human requires self-awareness, emotion, curiosity, creativity, & adaptability. Knowing, feeling, wondering, dreaming, achieving.
Johanna Oakes
- Johanna Oakes, Spokane, WA
3
We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
5
This exhibit showed me how the how human brains got bigger, and evolved to store more information and adapt to changes in our environment.
Olivia Baron
- Olivia Baron, Springfield, Missouri
0
To be human is to take care of the individuals of our own species, be they the disabled, the elder, or the dead ones.
gas
- gas, Spain
0
To deal with the knowledge that someday we are going to die, and there is nothing we can do about it, and we know nothing of it.
Zachary
- Zachary, Sweet
0
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
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5
I believe being human is to have an enhanced technological, intellectual and social experience
Parsa
- Parsa, Beaverton
0
My definition of human is to try out and discovor whats on the outside world.
Terrell
- Terrell, Massachusettes
0
Empathy, and the ability to learn - and pass on that learning.
Estelle
- Estelle, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK
0
It means that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
Torrance
- Torrance , CA
0
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.
0
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
5
bacon
ben
- ben, f
0
Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
0
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
To hurt.
Alex
- Alex, China
5
to be concious, acquiring new knowledges from experiences lived or shared through language by others.
Daniel Israel
- Daniel Israel, Brazil
0
To be able to lie in the anatomical position and to have visible and anatomical similarities between each being
Rachel Irvine
- Rachel Irvine, Ontario Canada
0
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
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
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
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
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 created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
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
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
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 be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5