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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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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
0
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
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
5
To live a long and happy life.
Jack R.
- Jack R., Iowa
3
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
To be human is to live out our tiny span of days while holding the entire timeline of the Universe in our minds.
John
- John, Texas
0
To breathe and interact with other life and to be aware of your surroundings.
Krista
- Krista, Ohio
1
Being a living, talking, and intelligent being.
emily
- emily, virginia
0
The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
4
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
5
To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
5
To live a life of optimism and fulfillment carried on by a good sense of fairness and equality.
Jared
- Jared, New york
0
To contemplate consequences and challenge one another to act beyond the dictates of instinct.
Mimosa
- Mimosa, Skokie, Illinois
0
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
to show that brains can conquer brawn.
Brad
- Brad, Illinois
0
human-an interactive life form that has five senses and the ability to communicate, use technology, and think.
Dominic
- Dominic, massachusetts
1
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
it means to make mistakes, evolve, learn new ways to do things, grow up. Embrace it. Accept it as it is.
Champagne
- Champagne, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
To live life can do it well and with confidence
JFK
- JFK, Selby
0
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
5
To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
5
To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
5
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5