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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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to be concious, acquiring new knowledges from experiences lived or shared through language by others.
Daniel Israel
- Daniel Israel, Brazil
0
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
we have an education that will take us through the right paths and get good things out of it.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
0
BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
0
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
Being human is to live and explore the world and everything around you.
Rachel
- Rachel, Portland, OR
0
To cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
0
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
Being human is one of the most beautiful and fascinating phenomena. Each timely adaptation led us to being the most advanced species known.
Ariana
- Ariana, Bethesda, MD
0
Being human means being called human by others you recognize as being like yourself.
Mute
- Mute, New England
0
Being a human means expressing joy and compassion to others.
Filis Fee
- Filis Fee, Houston, TX
0
To be human is to exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
1
To be fearful
Valerie Perez
- Valerie Perez, Portland, OR
0
Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
0
to make life more complicated
justin credible
- justin credible , your mom's
0
To understand and practice compassion
Savi Goonasekera Swick
- Savi Goonasekera Swick, Unknown
1
Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
0
To be human is the capacity of create philosophical theories and not to be able to follow them.
Ema Berta
- Ema Berta, Portugal
1
being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
4
Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
5
To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
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 focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
5
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
To travel in time -- to know the past and anticipate the future. To understand and personalize death.
Judy Aliason
- Judy Aliason, Palm Harbor, FL
5
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
To be self-aware; to be aware of one's impending death; to worship a being greater than self.
Donna
- Donna, Murfreesboro, TN
5
To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
5
being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
5
To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
5
To be human is to be aware of our Creator, we are all made in the image of God! And made for a purpose.
Elizabeth Coakley
- Elizabeth Coakley, Sterling, CO
5
It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
5
To be human is to collectively pay homage to the past and create a dynamic future, while being uniquely aware of both.
Dan Chadwick
- Dan Chadwick, Falls Church, VA
5
To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5