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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 means that we have the willpower to decide, emotions, and knowledge.
Jeniffer and Jalinh
- Jeniffer and Jalinh, Maryland
0
it means to have certain values and be original
mishonda polk
- mishonda polk, 4912 monarch
1
To be consciously aware of yourself and to be capable of using language, feeling complex emotions, and understanding abstract thought.
Dip Patel
- Dip Patel, Ohio State University
0
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
The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
4
To enjoy hot dogs with ketchup and mustard.
Isayah
- Isayah, D.C.
1
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
To know your roles and responsibilities as a guardian of all life on earth due to your development of consciousness
Mike
- Mike, Australia
0
To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
That we ask this question
Mark Moverman
- Mark Moverman, Washington, DC
1
To learn more about the world than what is needed to survive. To explore for the sake of exploration.
Joe Keiper
- Joe Keiper, Martinsville, VA
0
To be human means to feel emotions and learn to be able to deal with hardship, to know from right and wrong, and learn and grow.
Hanna
- Hanna, Portland
0
To make mistakes & make them into ideas, changing & impacting the world. It also means to adapt to the world & have locomotion.
JBRG
- JBRG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
5
To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
0
If I'm disgusted by love, I feel still it, proving it isn't a construct of the mind like evolutionists like to believe.
Eric
- Eric, Alabama
1
to think and question all that you see and hear.
adi ben hur
- adi ben hur, israel
0
Being human means, having self control, profound intelligence, and being able to express one's self in a variety of ways.
Taylor Gaskins
- Taylor Gaskins, Washington, DC
0
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5