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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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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
3
The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
0
To learn about the world around us and be the caretaker of the Earth.
Alexandra Clement
- Alexandra Clement, Toronto, On
1
a human being is an organism capable of breeding with other human beings in order to produce fertile offspring
Christopher Arendt
- Christopher Arendt, Unknown
1
to be human means to reproduce and have a female or male spouse
john
- john, denver
1
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
To be human is to look up, wondering why. Is to have no answer about many things, and keep asking. Is to keep searching, never knowing what.
Vitor Dantas
- Vitor Dantas, Salvador, Earth.
0
Our evolution and adaption, our complex way of living. It makes us what we are and we’re all the same, yet we're all so different.
Denisse Nava
- Denisse Nava, High Tech LA
0
We all are different, yet the same. We think separately but together we rely on each other.
Taya W.
- Taya W., Portland, OR
0
Laughter, Smiles, Thoughtfulness towards others and thoughtfulness about life, Sharing, Exploring, Learning, and Asking Questions
KDdidit
- KDdidit, Great Falls
0
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
To be curious and to have the ability to learn
Pedro Alejandro Matta
- Pedro Alejandro Matta, Santiago, Chile
0
To be human means that you aren't savage wild animals, just think about humanity!
Meagan
- Meagan, Pittsburgh, PA
0
We roam the earth and explore the endless universe in hopes of finding the meaning of why we exist and what it actually means to be human.
Steven
- Steven, Austin, TX
1
I've a "Schopenhauerian", pessimistic view with artistic beauty: to be a human (a living being) is terrible and very troubling.
Wim Daeleman
- Wim Daeleman, Belgium
1
having a chin and a forehead.
Jasmine
- Jasmine, New York
2
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
Being human means asking the question: "What does it mean to be human?" and then spending the rest of your existence seeking the answer.
Tina Sena
- Tina Sena, Massachusettes
0
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
To be human is to love the organized chaos that we call our world.
Page H.
- Page H., Washington, DC
3
to be part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
To know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
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
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5