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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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Being human means to be capable of thinking complex thoughts and communicating with others and the world around them.
Katie
- Katie, Windermere, Florida
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To be human is to posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
To be human is to be created in the image of God Almighty. Genesis 1:26-27
J. S.
- J. S., USA
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It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
To be human means to be humane.
Uday Shah
- Uday Shah, Germany
1
Being human means making mistakes. being human is not only making mistakes, but also learning from these mistakes and correcting them.
Juan Gutierrez
- Juan Gutierrez, Portland, Oregon
0
To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
0
We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
5
To be human is different from being a person, being human is based on the shared and differing anatomical characteristics.
AnthroArch
- AnthroArch, Brighton
0
a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
3
To be human means to socialize. By socializing, we help each other to live, which grows bonds. In turn, bonds create trust and growth.
KMJR
- KMJR, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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two feet, have non-animal features and to not be very hairy like the Homo habilis.
Nereida rios
- Nereida rios, springfield, MA
0
To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
5
Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
0
To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
1
To err is to be human. - Some Greek Dude probably
Jason K
- Jason K, Emmaus, PA, USA
0
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
The universe understanding itself.
kasey
- kasey, Erin, TN
4
to be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
0
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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 ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5