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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 a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5
To be versatile and ever-changing. A sign of humanity is our need for intellectual and social interaction.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, COSTAATT, Trinidad
0
To start small and weak and grow to amazing lengths, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Judith T
- Judith T, Roosevelt HS
0
to be like us
m a z
- m a z, iran
0
To have opposable thumbs and and the knowledge to use them to the greater good of the universe
Stephanie
- Stephanie, KY
5
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Being human means that you have the capability to think clearly and make conscious decisions for yourself, other than just surviving.
Danyel Tharakan
- Danyel Tharakan, Washington, D.C.
1
To cry salty tears of joy and sorrow.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, Durham NC
0
we live we laugh we love. we have problems and find a way to fix them. were not perfect. and i love it
anthony
- anthony, sparta. NJ
2
To not only be able to ask, but to actively seek an answer to this question.
Josh
- Josh, UK
4
To be human is the ability to reason and be reasoned with.
Babatunji
- Babatunji, Nigeria
0
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
To share a genetic kinship with billions of other souls, while striving to a part of a community larger than yourself.
Dale
- Dale, Murfreesboro, TN
0
To share diversity with your surroundings and to discover the meaning of life in your eyes
shayla
- shayla , clinton
0
what it means to be human is to be intelligent and unique in our own ways
joey
- joey, phoenix arizona
0
To be human is to live in solidarity with others and to change the world via creating culture (material and immaterial).
JAVIER BRAVO
- JAVIER BRAVO, MEXICO
0
Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
1
We are capable of so many things. We are in control of so little things.
TW
- TW, USA
1
To be human is to share in a quest for a rational understanding of our origins.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
0
To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
0
To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
5
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 posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
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
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
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
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 the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
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
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
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