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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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Seek company, partnership, communication and knowledge. The need know what I am, where I came from and what these things around me are.
Elizabeth Manson
- Elizabeth Manson, Australia, Melbourn
0
Caretakers of our own species as well as ALL other species. Let's not forget the Earth too.
Triste
- Triste, SG
0
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
This means that reconstruct the earth and live for each other and to worship God.
khadija
- khadija, Oma
1
To be Bipedal, have a community, and use tools
shymon
- shymon, Massachusetts
0
The ability to feel emotions, you have your own thoughts, and you are culturally diverse in your own unique.
Ashley
- Ashley, Astoria, OR
0
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
To be human means to be of the Homoe Sapien species.
Zoee Bishop
- Zoee Bishop, Ravenscroft school
0
To know that we are ordinary beings
Hillel
- Hillel, Philippines
0
2 b the smartest most sophisticated species yet the dumbest & most savage. Our ego & belief of our superiority will be our downfall
Jen
- Jen, Santa Clarita
0
To be human means to go beyond our set limits
Adela
- Adela, America
0
To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
0
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
To be human is know ourselves and what surrounds us
Antonio
- Antonio, Rimini, Italy
0
It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
0
Have your identity - co-relates to ancestors. Have social relationships-complex or not-based on your morals & social development.
Mai Kou Vang
- Mai Kou Vang, St. Cloud, MN
0
To think about our choices.
Mark T.
- Mark T., Worcester, MA
1
We have an innate drive to follow our intellect, will, and passions.
Holly
- Holly, USA
0
to be able to learn and think, be a homo sapiens, and to be created in the image of God
Stella
- Stella, New York
0
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
It means mammals who are very intellegent and focused on two things,dominating and surviving!!
Austin 8th grade science class
- Austin 8th grade science class, Pennsylvania, mount union high school
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
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 seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5
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
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
To be human is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
5
to be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
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 care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
5
It means we are smarter with the ability to use symbolic language and we must survive on technology or we could be extinct or endangered.
Morgan Berard
- Morgan Berard, Maine
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
5
To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5
To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
5