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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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bipedalism, binocular vision, and being able to recognize ourselves in a mirror...
Rex Strombotne
- Rex Strombotne, laguna beach
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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COEXISTENCE NATURALISM VIA BEHAVIORAL ADEQUATENESS VIA COGNITIVE DECISIVENESS FROM PERCEPTIONAL PROCESSES OF SURROUNDINGS.
Jeremy Lee Gray
- Jeremy Lee Gray, Anthem, Arizona, U.S.A.
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To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
0
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
Being human is to use our senses to the best of our abilities and to be able to record thoughts, history and ideas
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Maine
2
Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
0
How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
0
It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
0
To be human is to have greater intelligence than our ancestors that we study today
Jacqueline Xu
- Jacqueline Xu, Cupertino, CA
0
The experience of life and the realization that you're living it.
Michael
- Michael, Vancouver B.C.
0
Being humans is having a unique form of communication and ability to learn and teach. Narrow pelvis and fluid bi pedal walking = human
Zach
- Zach, Heeger
0
We can make our ideas become reality.
Leasa
- Leasa, Vineland, NJ
5
Art, imagination, environmental alteration, connection, emotion, cognition, and purposeful creation and destruction all define being human.
Anthony Z
- Anthony Z, Maryland
0
To be human is to strive to increase knowledge based on evidence, and to be increasingly free of superstition, dogma and ignorance.
James
- James, Maine
0
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
Animals have emotions and intelligence – but what differs humans from them, is the approach to the world of poetry, music, and mathematics
Roland Benn
- Roland Benn, Hamburg FRG
0
To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
0
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
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
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
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
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
5
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
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
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
We knowingly over-use and destroy our resources, and do nothing.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5