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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 make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
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The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
5
To create and destroy
Paul
- Paul, Houston
0
being human is making mistakes in this game of life we are all playing.
George
- George, Texas
4
To be human is to be aware to the point of oblivion.
Daniella Calasanz
- Daniella Calasanz, Washington State
0
Our capacity for cultivating knowledge invests in us the responsibility to protect and care for our planet and the species within it.
Alberto
- Alberto, Mexico
0
To question our life as we know it.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Undisclosed
0
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
To have such a diverse population. Humans don't all speak the same language, don't always see eye to eye. We're destructive sometimes.
Alydia
- Alydia, Iqualuit, Nunavut
0
Humans have long communicated through language, and invented tools that have enabled our species to survive and thrive.
Janet Arredondo
- Janet Arredondo, Jeffersonville INy
1
To be a curious specie
Aamir
- Aamir, Pakistan
0
The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
5
What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
0
To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Crosby
- Angus Crosby, Hong Kong
0
It means survival under given conditions.
Kristy
- Kristy, DC
0
Means to be one of the most adaptiv creature on the Earth, to be in a permanent evolution and single animal capable to lie very well
GeoMatei
- GeoMatei, Bucharest, Romania
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
Imagination
Mematron
- Mematron, New York
0
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
to grow in consciousness & learn how to be human
Donna A. Bartell
- Donna A. Bartell, Charlotte NC
0
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
5
the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
5
To be human means to have human-like qualities, such as all the senses, and a brain. Lips, eyes, hair, and a nose are also essential.
Taylor
- Taylor, Washington, DC
5
To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
5
to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
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
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
for me being a human is like learning and discovering many things that we don't know.and that makes us strong
allain gorembalem
- allain gorembalem, legapi philippines
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
5
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5