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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 create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
To be a Homo sapiens
Anders Dahl
- Anders Dahl, Technical University of Denmark
0
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
To think independently and act upon
Joe
- Joe, Internet
0
Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
0
For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
0
Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
5
How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
0
to sit in an chair and wonder
Boussemaere
- Boussemaere, Belgium
0
To be aware that life is not without the responsibility of valuing all forms of it, not in dominion but in equanimity and synergy.
J.T.
- J.T., Washington, DC
1
To be a human is to have opposable thumbs and to be able to make the most advanced tools and to be able to have speech.
Rafi
- Rafi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
0
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
We have telephones.
Jose L. Cuevas
- Jose L. Cuevas, Berwyn
0
Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
0
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
birth to death and everything in between. Love, hate, learn, compassion, grow,
Debbie Winnett
- Debbie Winnett, San Bruno
4
To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
0
Being human means sharing more genetic & phenotypic characteristics with the Homo sapiens metapopulation than with any other species.
Paolo
- Paolo, London
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 act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
To be human is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
We knowingly over-use and destroy our resources, and do nothing.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
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 seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
5
To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
5
To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
5