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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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Charlie Abelson
- Charlie Abelson, NYC
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I think being human means to fulfill one's passions and goals in life.
Haylee
- Haylee, California
0
We are to use our minds to improve our quality of life, take care of our niche, and take care of those who follow by growing from our roots.
Andrew
- Andrew, Pagosa Springs, CO
0
IIt means having logic and reasoning. That is was truly seperates us
Jedi
- Jedi, Hoth
0
It's a big surprise.
wungyh
- wungyh, MSU
0
To be human is to understand morality and ethics.
Cindy D
- Cindy D, Rutgers-Newark
1
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
To have language, use symbols, be innovative, learn from others, use tools, have increased neurons, and complex social dynamics
Brittany M.L
- Brittany M.L, Torrance, CA
0
being human is the ability to have resiliance.
katie pollard
- katie pollard, alexandria, va
1
To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
5
Our evolution and adaption, our complex way of living. It makes us what we are and we’re all the same, yet we're all so different.
Denisse Nava
- Denisse Nava, High Tech LA
0
An evolved life form aware of it's transience, mortality. Main ambition is to avoid pain, maximize pleasure and a shared fear of death
Andrew Lautin
- Andrew Lautin, New York
0
To be human is to wonder, to question, to be able to adapt, to have the potential to do great good or great evil, and act on it.
JT
- JT, California
5
To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
0
To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
Being human means to communicate socially with your peers using language and symbols to innovate as well as change the world day by day.
LHKAIA
- LHKAIA, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be human means to socialize. By socializing, we help each other to live, which grows bonds. In turn, bonds create trust and growth.
KMJR
- KMJR, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
human, in my eyes, is just the unique-ness of every one and every thing, and having the ability to notice.
"Lizard"
- "Lizard", "Seal"
0
Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
0
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
5
to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
5
The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
5
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
5
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
5
To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5