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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 have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
0
Apparently for some, having Neanderthal genes. Does this explain our impacted wisdom teeth/orthodontics if you descend from Europe?
Jane
- Jane, Toronto
0
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
Meaning being one thing that can be overcome others. no human is perfect, but can be better then others.
chaT
- chaT, OR
0
We determine our fate and destiny. We explore what our minds can understand. Then we must do what we can to contribute to the whole...
Jeremy Pauhl
- Jeremy Pauhl, Hamilton, Canada
0
It is the responsibility of humans to ensure the survival of our planet.
Adeline Smith
- Adeline Smith, LA, California
1
We can grow and change. We can create and invent. Humans are also the only species that are dangerous to their own existence.
Gwendolyn
- Gwendolyn , Brookline, MA
0
it means that you have skin and that you can speak one of the many languages of the world
blah
- blah, europe
0
Being human means we have the ability to think, reason and plan. It also means we rarely ever use these abilities.
Michael
- Michael, Madison, Wisconsin
0
To be human gives us the opportunity to practise humanity. And the freedom to stuff it up.
Pixelwarrior
- Pixelwarrior, Tasmania, Australia
0
To question
Stephan C
- Stephan C, Renton, Wa
0
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
The pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
1
To be Human means that we have the right to learn about, to care and watch over, the organisms around us.
Jonathan
- Jonathan, Corona
0
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
We have an innate drive to follow our intellect, will, and passions.
Holly
- Holly, USA
0
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
To be human is to have the ability to be independent and be able to live using any given resource
Kaisley
- Kaisley, California
0
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
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
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
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
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
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
5
To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
5