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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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To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
we have an education that will take us through the right paths and get good things out of it.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
0
Entertaining your brother. ):
John
- John, Brazil
0
Humans constitute the first and only species which has named itself. We, humans, have proclaimed ourselves humans. To be human is to name.
Cedric Fangeat
- Cedric Fangeat, London
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Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
5
Personally, being human is all about realizing our potential by understanding where we come from, although controversial.
Robel
- Robel , Maryland
0
Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
0
to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
5
to live a life in search for answers and contentment whilst being prone to sickness,injury, accidents and eventually death.
Jessica
- Jessica, Australia
0
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
God and man communicate through gene. Possibly, this is the best part to be a human.
Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik
- Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik, Utkal University,Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
0
To lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
0
To be human is to have the opportunity for memetic not just genetic evolution. Your education forms your humanity.
Douglas McGill
- Douglas McGill, Whitby Ontario Canada
1
The greek word for human is anthropos, a combination of two words meaning the one who looks up. Humanity development.
Chris
- Chris, Cyprus
0
To have the presence of mind to ask questions about our origins with logic, reason minus a magical view of the universe.
Hal
- Hal, Canada
0
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
To have the ability to complain.
Wort
- Wort, Rockville, Maryland
1
To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
2
To explore, to find. To question, to answer. To learn, to teach. To live, to love.
James
- James, Victoria, Australia
0
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
5