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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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It means to understand we are really all the same underneath different tones of skin.
Lin
- Lin, Williamsburg, Va
2
Being human, is being able to love and hate,to have complicated thoughts and Ideas, but most of all, being able to love.
Bradley
- Bradley, Texas
1
We are made in the image of God.
Damon
- Damon, Baltimore, MD
0
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5
To be able to construct a society and think about the world around us.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, Windermere, fl
0
The ability to feel empathy and help the less fortunate to live a life of dignity and respect.
Chak
- Chak, Prakash
0
It means we can come to understand ourselves as the products of evolution and then use our powers of reason to make a more humane world.
Eric R Roberts
- Eric R Roberts, St. Louis, MO
0
Humans are land based organisms which rely on powerful inventions, elaborate plans, and fellowship. They perform scientific investigations.
Philip Moseman
- Philip Moseman, Omaha, NE
0
To use our limited capacity to understand the world, our place in it, what resources we need to survive, and how to secure them.
Pat
- Pat, Boston, MA
0
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
Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
0
We are the first species on this planet intelligent enough to be the cause of our own extinction.
Ron
- Ron, Yukon, Canada
0
For us, H. sapiens, upright walk, precision grip, symbolic thought
Scott H.
- Scott H., Dubuque, IA, USA
0
Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
0
The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
0
To be able to react to certain situations beyond animal instincts. To analyze a problem, create a solution.
Luke
- Luke, Portland, Oregon
0
Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
5
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
5
It means that we have been created in the image of God. We are not animals at all. We are as far from it as we can get.
Catherine
- Catherine, Alabama
1
to be on top of the world food chain and to fight for our rights and live together in peace
me
- me, nc
0
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
5
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
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
To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
Shootin' stuff, smoking, drivin, eating french fries, drinkin beer n watchin football. Pretty much anything we can do that monkey's can't.
Greg
- Greg, Saranac Lake, New York
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5
You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
5
Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
5
what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
5