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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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Our true nature is that of being a spiritual being having a physical experience where we learn from the physical reality of the universe
Fred Pirone
- Fred Pirone , Tampa
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It's a big surprise.
wungyh
- wungyh, MSU
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The ability to ask questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"
Jim Dew
- Jim Dew, Madison, WI
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We create tools for different uses, are social, can communicate, record, and express our thoughts and ideas with language and symbols.
Allison
- Allison, HTLA High School, California
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To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To be human is to experience the way of life and see how it turns out in the end. The turnout in the end is how you chose to live.
Marie C.
- Marie C., Portland-RHS
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To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
Christina Nichols-Whittaker
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
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Both individually and as a group, we exist in the past, present and future. This triad influences who we are and how we make our decisions.
Elizabeth Campanella
- Elizabeth Campanella, Hamilton, VA
5
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
to connect with things, with people, with the land, with ourselves and try to figure out the meaning of life if there even is one
Dinnah
- Dinnah, Pennsylvania
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To be human is to be a member of the species Homo sapiens.
Millard
- Millard, Earth
1
The desire to explore and understand our surroundings and the world around us, to feel passion/emotion towards/with others in our society.
Patricia Lee
- Patricia Lee, Wayne, PA
0
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 be Human is to be simple and complex. It is to be understanding and compassionate. A tool for Love. An extension of the Universe.
Lumen
- Lumen, Tampa, FL
0
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
It means we evolved from hominid ancestors.
Brad P
- Brad P, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
3
A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
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
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
5
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
tribal discussion
Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
5
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5