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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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We are a part of a larger living organism. The Universe. We have a small part to play. Maybe the pollanation of other planets.
Michael O'Neill
- Michael O'Neill, Ireland
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To make art, to cook our food, to have abstract thought and care for our dead. To wonder how we came to be and where we're going.
Richie Rosencrance
- Richie Rosencrance, Elkins, WV
3
To be human is to have the most intelligent brain out of the animal kingdom.
Kyle
- Kyle, Kalin
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To observe, to replenish, to preserve, and to witness evolution
WIlson Santos
- WIlson Santos, St. Augustine,FL - USA
0
To beable to know I am alive which is something animals can't do.
Marcus
- Marcus, Auburn, MA
0
The very fact that we consider this question!
Sherylle
- Sherylle, Western Australia
1
To be human is to be in a situation, detect a problem
John
- John, Huntington Beach CALI
0
Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
0
Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
0
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
To have capacity for empathy with members of our own species, and with all species with whom we share this planet.
Katherine Munson
- Katherine Munson, Berlin, MD
0
it means having to wake up at 6:00 to go to a job or school and to work your life away. -No I won't freaking fix it
bob the builder
- bob the builder, you know(;
0
To be Human is to be able to ask the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Krishna
- Krishna , Denmark
0
To be able to construct a society and think about the world around us.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, Windermere, fl
0
To know that we can accomplish anything, love, learn, reason, critically think, and realize how our actions impact others.
Meredith
- Meredith, Oregon
0
being human means going to school and learn about what is it to be human
Parul
- Parul, Bangalore , India
1
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
0
To know that you feel.
Christopher
- Christopher, Geraldton, Aus
0
Today, to be human is to search for the most fulfilling way to spend the time that our ancestors spent hunting and gathering
Arvin Raj Mathur
- Arvin Raj Mathur, Cleveland, OH
1
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5
We are aware of our own thinking.
Sarah
- Sarah, Virginia
5
Both individually and as a group, we exist in the past, present and future. This triad influences who we are and how we make our decisions.
Elizabeth Campanella
- Elizabeth Campanella, Hamilton, VA
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
5
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
5
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
5
Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
5
Humans (and some of our ancestors) are the only animals that can use and manipulate fire.
Sean
- Sean, Portland, OR
5
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
5
To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
to know how to think and be able to change
maria
- maria, portugal
5