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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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Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
0
A capacity to wonder.
A Nobody
- A Nobody, England
0
To be human means to be forever changing and creating. It means to adapt and evolve as the strongest species on the planet.
JoAnn
- JoAnn, Germany
1
To think we are a god but not actually be one.
Melissa
- Melissa, Delta
4
No clue
John
- John, Lol
0
To be human means to be a bipedal mammal with a spoken language
Jack
- Jack, Pittsburg, CA
0
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
power hungry struggle for knowledge quenched by the inevitable death
micheal jones
- micheal jones, brantford
0
to know that God created us, each in his likeness. Genesis 1:26 "then God said let us make man in our own image."
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
1
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5
To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
0
The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
5
To be human is to be curious, smart, and above all able to communicate.
Jacob
- Jacob, Portland, OR
0
Language...
Tracy
- Tracy, Arkansas
0
Homo Sapiens
Jorge
- Jorge, Argentina
0
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
The ability to actively pursue new ideas for the benefit of others
Robert J. Lewis Sr
- Robert J. Lewis Sr, Hemet, Ca
3
To seek, for what you do not already know may be the most important for the future
Anyone you seek
- Anyone you seek, anywhere you seek
0
To be human is to be full of life.
Nayma
- Nayma, Inglewood
0
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
5
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
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 means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
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
Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
5
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
5
We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
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
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5