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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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Man is incomprehensible.
phanuwat
- phanuwat, bangkok
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It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
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To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
To be human means You love another human because what You feel.
sims
- sims, brock middle school
0
Always finding a way to adapt :)
Art
- Art, Denver Colorado
0
A human is anyone who is a member of the Homo genus regardless of any other factors.
Mark
- Mark, Raleigh
0
to still be animal, but stand out among them.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
4
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
To be human means having a large brain which in turn allows us to be on another level of social interaction and communication.
Tristan
- Tristan, Portland, OR
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To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
0
Being human means having a spoken/written language,being able to express ourselves,and being able to walk upright.
Somebody
- Somebody , Somewhere
0
To be nice to one another ( also pizza! )
Not telling my name
- Not telling my name, Not telling my Location either
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Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
5
To be human is to feel emotion, be able to reason, and to exercise your God given ability of free will.
Sean W.
- Sean W., Pearl City, HI
0
Personally, being human is all about realizing our potential by understanding where we come from, although controversial.
Robel
- Robel , Maryland
0
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
To be human is to collectively pay homage to the past and create a dynamic future, while being uniquely aware of both.
Dan Chadwick
- Dan Chadwick, Falls Church, VA
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
To know you will die
theresa
- theresa, ga
5
...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
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 wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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 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
- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
5
The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
5