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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
To wonder about things such as what does it mean to be human.
Mike
- Mike, Oregon
0
to live a life in search for answers and contentment whilst being prone to sickness,injury, accidents and eventually death.
Jessica
- Jessica, Australia
0
Always looking for happiness elsewhere, unreachable but designing ways to reach it. Never satisfied.
Stephane Renard
- Stephane Renard, Toulouse
1
Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
0
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Be the best of nature. Maybe. :-)
Darius
- Darius, Slovakia
0
To have the ability to love and be loved despite knowledge and understanding of flaws and failures.
Mom
- Mom, Dacula, GA
5
Being humane
Shin
- Shin, Seoul
1
To seek, for what you do not already know may be the most important for the future
Anyone you seek
- Anyone you seek, anywhere you seek
0
To be able to make your own decisions and make decisions that aren't primarily based on survival.
Adam
- Adam, Loughborough
0
To have language, use symbols, be innovative, learn from others, use tools, have increased neurons, and complex social dynamics
Brittany M.L
- Brittany M.L, Torrance, CA
0
To have the ability to transcend our basic needs and feel for others in selfless manners and act on those motives: love.
Jonathan Hall
- Jonathan Hall, Chicago, Illinois
0
To be human means we aren't perfect. From hairy apes to hairless humans, we've made mistakes, failed, & tried again.
MB
- MB, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
Evolution of Complex Culture and biology in correlation to Temporal and Environmental factours
Ben
- Ben, Massachusetts
0
To be able to think and plan ahead for the future. To not be held back by simple instinct.
Jonathan Zackariah Moore
- Jonathan Zackariah Moore, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
0
To make register of things, by any means, drawing, writing, engraving. And to pass it generation after generation, through education.
Andre Catani
- Andre Catani, Valinhos, BRAZIL
0
We are common as lifeforms, rare in our stage of evolution, & special as individuals. Explorers of physics, biology, history, & ourselves.
Bryce
- Bryce, Devils Lake, North Dakota
0
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
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 believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
5
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5