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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 the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
To be human is to realize that if we are not careful our selfish genes could be our undoing.
Becca
- Becca, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
to live a life in search for answers and contentment whilst being prone to sickness,injury, accidents and eventually death.
Jessica
- Jessica, Australia
0
To wonder
Jlb
- Jlb, Nj
0
to me being human means to be smart and new, we define how our planet works today.
alexandria carter
- alexandria carter, portland, oregon/ roosevelt high school
0
The pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
1
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
Our need to understand our enviroment and the world around us.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle , Washington DC
0
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
To be human means to share qualitative behaviors with many other animals but to share some of those at greater quantity with fellow humans.
Helena
- Helena, Sweden
0
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
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
To be capable of the best and the worst...self sacrificing altruism, and murderous contempt.
Stacey
- Stacey, Maryland
1
To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
0
To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
0
To be rad
sawwg killer
- sawwg killer, your mom
0
To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
5
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
5
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
5
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5