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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 evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
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We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
Sean
- Sean, Torrance
0
Being human means making mistakes. being human is not only making mistakes, but also learning from these mistakes and correcting them.
Juan Gutierrez
- Juan Gutierrez, Portland, Oregon
0
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 be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
0
To be a curious specie
Aamir
- Aamir, Pakistan
0
To send the human out to the farthest edge of speculation to investigate the human mind.
Len
- Len, Joshua Tree
0
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
to be human is different from other homo sapiens, our characteristics are different as well as our cognitivie thinking and our emotions.
Esperanza F. Clark
- Esperanza F. Clark, Texas
0
Science has helped humans to grow and prosper but at a very high and unaffordable cost of the environment which will destroy us one day
Brian Dsouza
- Brian Dsouza, Goa
0
Being Humans means that we use can use symbolic language and that we used collective learning to leave our homeland (Africa)
Jacob Montgomery
- Jacob Montgomery, Maine
1
Humans constitute the first and only species which has named itself. We, humans, have proclaimed ourselves humans. To be human is to name.
Cedric Fangeat
- Cedric Fangeat, London
0
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
5
Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
0
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
To have the ability to love and be loved despite knowledge and understanding of flaws and failures.
Mom
- Mom, Dacula, GA
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
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
the only species able to sequence his own genome
Marrero
- Marrero, Brazil
0
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
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
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
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 be human is to wonder, to question, to be able to adapt, to have the potential to do great good or great evil, and act on it.
JT
- JT, California
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
5
To reach out to one another and to take comfort in sharing companionship and love.
Suzie Hale
- Suzie Hale, Utah
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
it means you are able to ask what does it mean to be human ? in the first place
Alex
- Alex, Yorkshire England
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 make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
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
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
be born, contribute/improve mother earth, discover, reproduce.
adrian
- adrian, florida
5