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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 wonder and dream.
David Lamar Jones
- David Lamar Jones, Austell Georgia
0
Sharing the concepts of compassion, the beauty in art, and to nurture and love one another without ideology.
Mikey
- Mikey, Missouri
0
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
Humans are land based organisms which rely on powerful inventions, elaborate plans, and fellowship. They perform scientific investigations.
Philip Moseman
- Philip Moseman, Omaha, NE
0
Being human is much more than survive, is the need to understand, learn and create.
Axel Vargas
- Axel Vargas, Mexico
0
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmond
5
To be human is to be aware of oneself, living, supporting, providing for oneself and others in contribution to the entire human community.
Jason
- Jason, Brim
0
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
It means being able to engage in discourse about what we believe, how we think our world should be, we're political reflective folks.
Margaret
- Margaret, Brooklyn, NY
5
Everyone is different. We all see, speak, hear, look, and even feel different. We learn more as we grow physically and mentally.
Carrie F
- Carrie F, Roosevelt High School
0
to have language, culture, to be mammal, to be social, and to kill for other reason than for food
Miguel Rivera
- Miguel Rivera, rivera.miguelantonio787@gmail.com
1
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
Natasha
- Natasha, Albany,NY
0
To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
1
To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
To be human means to be an ancestor from early Homo species.
Grace
- Grace, Raleigh, NC
0
i think it means to enjoy life and be the higher species.
caleb funk
- caleb funk, sweethome oregon 97386
0
Being human means being born to die
Tearra Ferguson
- Tearra Ferguson, North Carolina
0
To be human is the capacity of create philosophical theories and not to be able to follow them.
Ema Berta
- Ema Berta, Portugal
1
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
To have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
5
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
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
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
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
...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
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
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5