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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 explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
To be human is to simultaneously be possessive of progress and regression; to transcend limits us, and to learn from what we've lost.
Joshua J. Washburn
- Joshua J. Washburn, Raleigh, North Carolina
2
Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
0
To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
0
To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
0
Distinction in sense of "self" and "others".
San Diego, CA
- San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
4
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
0
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
Being on the top at the food chain by the virtue of developed knowledge and skills.
mansoorq
- mansoorq, pakistan
0
To be human is to be able to express ones ideas and improve ones life beyond that of just surviving.
Brendan
- Brendan, St. Louis
0
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5
The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
0
To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
1
Being human means learning new things in life, understanding your feelings, other people feelings, and what you want to do in life.
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
0
To be human means to overcome the challenges in life, achieve goals, fit into society, and to survive.
Cole
- Cole, Astoria, OR
0
To be human means to have a purpose, it means to do what you were made to do.
bianca
- bianca, Sigourney, IA
0
a bipedal that is called a human
big time loser
- big time loser, idk
3
We use tools to create other tools
Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
0
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
5
To be Human is to ask: "What does it mean to be Human?"
Rui Constantino
- Rui Constantino, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
5
To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5