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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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Being human means being able to understand and choose between right and wrong, good or evil.
Anton
- Anton, Woodburn
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As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
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Being human means walking, thinking, and working differently than other species.
Nina
- Nina, Portland, OR
0
searching for the meaning of life...
Kaushik
- Kaushik, India
1
If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
5
To be able to ask ourselves that question.
Katherine Laine
- Katherine Laine, Victoria, British Columbia
1
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
Being human has only one goal that is to worship Allah
Taqwa
- Taqwa, Malaysia
1
hunger for knowledge love family friends experience success self improvement caring wonder explore, & that special feeling in our soul
Randy
- Randy , Michigan
2
Humans are defined by physical traits and what they make us capable of.We are social have identities and are a combination of nature/nurture
Kristi
- Kristi, College Park, MD
0
To cook
Ilse
- Ilse, Mexico
0
We think more than we react or do; to accomplish tasks, or feel accomplished. Usually while disregarding the Natural law.
JCDG
- JCDG, Undisclosed
0
Ser Humano é estar em contato ao genero e entender nossas evoluçoes.
Newton x Mendes x Vieira
- Newton x Mendes x Vieira, Brazil Belo Horizonte
4
Humans love, hope, fear, and respect other humans, for the most part. They know they are mortal, and are inherently good.
Elliott Hayes
- Elliott Hayes, Annapolis, Maryland
1
i think it means to enjoy life and be the higher species.
caleb funk
- caleb funk, sweethome oregon 97386
0
To have imagination, a sense of humour and be able to lie. But most importantly, to take care of eachother.
Lena Holst
- Lena Holst, Göteborg, Sweden
0
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
To not only be able to ask, but to actively seek an answer to this question.
Josh
- Josh, UK
4
To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
0
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5