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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; in an effort to features as many as possible, we will be featuring new answers approximately everyh two weeks (so check back to see if you answer has been featured!).

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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
3
Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
5
to be human means to be understand mutual correlation among creatures, creation, and creator
Kus Bintoro
- Kus Bintoro, Jakarta
0
being amoral, and raised like a sheep under control of powerful organizations that have ruled throughout the ages passed.
Azoth
- Azoth, Arizona
0
To imagine and dream
Sam
- Sam, Uk
0
To be loved and love with all your heart
Karen
- Karen, philippines
0
To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5
We have a brain that has a million gigs of memory. We also the ability of Adaptation we adapt to the environment.
Alex Murphy
- Alex Murphy, High Tech LA
0
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
to me to be human means to make mistakes and not be afraid of them and always try it again.
Collin Lamaster
- Collin Lamaster, Califonia,ca
0
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
0
To be human is to dream, imagine, and think reasoningly; and, reflect on and recreate one's self as often as one likes.
Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke
- Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke, Memphis, Tn
0
To have opposable thumbs and and the knowledge to use them to the greater good of the universe
Stephanie
- Stephanie, KY
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5
To be human is about wondering what makes me human, Haha!
Noam
- Noam, Paris, France
0
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
to know how to think and be able to change
maria
- maria, portugal
5
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 ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
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
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
5
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
5
Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
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
Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
5
Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
5
To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
5
To contribute to our world and to the lives of others in a helpful way, and making decisions as to how to accomplish that task.
Zach
- Zach, Green Hill Zone, Mobius
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5