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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 capable of understanding and deciding, "What it means to be human."
Taylor Vendetta
- Taylor Vendetta, Cape May, New Jersey
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To be human means to grow our thinking. We store info so we can dedicate time to find new information, helping us evolve our surroundings.
GBMBTP
- GBMBTP, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be driven to find love and meaning for yourself.
Corey Bither
- Corey Bither, Boston, MA
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It means we have self awareness at a greater level than any other being.
m
- m, new jersey
1
We are here to give life meaning
Pedro
- Pedro, Fort Collins,CO
1
To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
0
We are the first species on this planet intelligent enough to be the cause of our own extinction.
Ron
- Ron, Yukon, Canada
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Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
Modern human - the only species on Earth in conflict with Earth's natural world. Capable of abstract thinking and partially self-aware.
Veronika
- Veronika, Austria
0
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
Being human means being able to be frightened and amazed by your world at the same time.
Joe Flynn
- Joe Flynn, Burtonsville, Maryland
4
To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
0
To see in other people, thoughts and feeling just like our own.
Cole
- Cole, Abilene, TX
5
To be human is to have the ability to hope for the best and wonder at the possiblities.
erica
- erica, Texas
1
It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
5
Being human means that one has emotions towards oneself or another.
Dylan Deshler
- Dylan Deshler, Washington, D.C
2
To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
human beings are one of viruses favourite ways to make more viruses
chistletoe
- chistletoe, usa
0
To communicate with others and to express our ideas in order to engage in collective learning.
Ben Passey
- Ben Passey, Sydney, Aus
0
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
5
To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5
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Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
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 torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
5