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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 show compassion to and feel empathy for others.
Emily Waldren
- Emily Waldren, Chicago, IL
4
to be human is to be intelligent, to have a larger brain, to have sences, and to walk upright.
Alexzandria Mitchell
- Alexzandria Mitchell, Springfield Renaissance School, MA
0
Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
1
The experience of life and the realization that you're living it.
Michael
- Michael, Vancouver B.C.
0
It means to learn and achieve things that no other species have even came close to.
Maxpayne
- Maxpayne, England
0
To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
0
It means having the ability to ask this sort of questions.
N.
- N., Gothenburg, Sweden
0
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
A human is curious, creative, adaptable, and also closed minded and submissive of the new; in other words humans are self contradictory.
bruce
- bruce, mendocino
0
Being human means having a capacity to both learn and teach, and to make rational decisions tempered by emotions.
James
- James, Elmsdale, PE
0
Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
5
To question our life as we know it.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Undisclosed
0
It means that we still share 98% of our genes with chimpanzees. We are not much different than the other species in the animal kingdom.
Curtis
- Curtis, South Carolina
0
To be human is to be social and, in our society, extend beyond the limits of individuality to live as the knowing of a culture.
Kaleb Smith
- Kaleb Smith, Ishpeming, MI
4
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
Humans communicate by complex language, thoughts and being creative. We celebrate different cultures, beliefs and customs.
Maheshi Gammanpila
- Maheshi Gammanpila, Los Angeles
0
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
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 use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
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
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
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
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5