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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 compound information from one generation to the next plus the ability to observe oneself
Jesse
- Jesse, Pensacola
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to empathize and plan ahead.
Naresh Sehgal
- Naresh Sehgal, Santa Clara, CA
0
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
To just be you and enjoy life
matthew
- matthew, Astoria, OR
0
Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
0
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
To mainstream
Hipster
- Hipster, Some place on Earth
0
to be unique individuals
Candice B
- Candice B, bloomington,mn
3
To be human means to love, think, believe, explore, feel, and express feelings.
Kristina Brown
- Kristina Brown, Sylmar, California
0
To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
0
It means having the ability to ask this sort of questions.
N.
- N., Gothenburg, Sweden
0
All humans aren't perfect, you learn from your mistakes and problems. Each individual has their own unique quality.
Andrew C
- Andrew C, Roosevelt High School Portland Or.
0
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
The pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
1
An extensive pre frontal cortex with lots of gray matter.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Indiana
2
by encompassing as much as possible to the fullest of your potential while ensuring the positive growth of the world around you .
arnaldo del rio
- arnaldo del rio , madrid
0
To be human means to have the ability to be creative, to be able to speak, and the ability to control your emotions.
Taylor
- Taylor, The Springfield Renaissance School
0
To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
3
Being human means having the ability to respond to situations in many different ways, by learning from others and thinking of new ideas.
Jonas
- Jonas, Cremorne
0
To be a human is to be a bipedal, very intelligent and self-aware primate capable of conscious and complex thought.
Spencer
- Spencer, Gaithersburg, MD
4
it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
5
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
5
To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
5
Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
5
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
5
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5