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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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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
4
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
Being human means being self-aware, thinking of oneself apart from his/her environment.
Arthur George
- Arthur George, Baltimore, MD
1
Humans make fire and cook food. Made all the difference in human evolution.
Glenn
- Glenn, San Diego
0
To create and destroy
Paul
- Paul, Houston
0
To know that I know, and yet to ask why.
Don Lovell
- Don Lovell, University of West Georgia
1
We are able to use our brain to do things that will help us stay alive longer.
Betsi
- Betsi, Woodburn
0
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To be human is to have the potential to enjoy hurting others.
Meredith Schuler
- Meredith Schuler, Pennsylvania
0
Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
0
We are,were and shall allways be a part of nature.Our thirst for knowledge,instinct to survive and love is infinite,"naturally"
Steve Molachyk
- Steve Molachyk, ON,CA
0
Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
3
We’re not some "thing" but a 14.6 billion year “process” (of elements left alone to complexify). We’re the Universe expressed as a human.
E.David Garcia
- E.David Garcia, Arlington, Virginia, USA
0
It means that we will be replaced by more intelligent beings
Some1
- Some1, Netherlands
0
Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
0
Being human means to have complex thoughts and to be bipedal.
Brianna W.
- Brianna W., Belleville
0
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
Being human means to live and interact with the environment.
Maddison
- Maddison, Sigourney, IA
0
To see your place in the world and realise that it's so much bigger than you
B.
- B., Oxford
0
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
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
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
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 love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5