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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 look at the cosmos and wonder what is out there/
De'Adrian
- De'Adrian, Virginia
1
To be human is to experience emotions. To feel everything. To be conscious, and aware. Understand what many things/others cannot.
Lexy Alcantar
- Lexy Alcantar, McAllen, TX
0
A creation of God with an eternal soul.
Nancy
- Nancy, Brunnemer
0
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
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
0
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
5
To be human is to be able to worship, to ask critical questions, to aspire.
Corrie
- Corrie , Minnesota
0
Being human means being able to understand and choose between right and wrong, good or evil.
Anton
- Anton, Woodburn
0
This exhibit showed me how the how human brains got bigger, and evolved to store more information and adapt to changes in our environment.
Olivia Baron
- Olivia Baron, Springfield, Missouri
0
To be human is to search inside for the knowledge that already exists. It's to realize that you are your own creator.
Julia
- Julia, San Francisco
0
To be capable of the best and the worst...self sacrificing altruism, and murderous contempt.
Stacey
- Stacey, Maryland
1
To be human is to walk up right to speak and have a larger brain than early man.
Jacqueline Clark-Harris
- Jacqueline Clark-Harris, Springfiled Renaissance school MA
0
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
5
the ability to take care of oneself and to be able to take care of the living things (inculdes enviroment) around them
vanessa
- vanessa, Hawaii
1
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
2
It means that we are made in the image of God, the Creator.
Jerry
- Jerry, Virginia
0
A actual living,breathing fuctional creature that was created to experince the life that was given to us here on earth.
Linda
- Linda, florida
4
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
You are able to walk on two feet and use collective learning in order to gain an understanding of different perspectives.
Issy
- Issy, Sydney
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
5
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
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
To be a human means to have the ability to love
Kate
- Kate, PA
5
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
5
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
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 posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
Being human is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
5