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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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The power to reason and make a choice
Timothy mantlow
- Timothy mantlow, Springfield Tn
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We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5
Means to be one of the most adaptiv creature on the Earth, to be in a permanent evolution and single animal capable to lie very well
GeoMatei
- GeoMatei, Bucharest, Romania
0
being human means having a great understanding of the world we live in. being human, you make mistakes but you learn from those mistakes.
India
- India, swansea
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Humans make fire and cook food. Made all the difference in human evolution.
Glenn
- Glenn, San Diego
0
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
To be Human is to ask: "What does it mean to be Human?"
Rui Constantino
- Rui Constantino, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
5
To be human is to have the power to devastate and deplete our resources but also the power to choose to care and conserve instead
Casandra
- Casandra, Chicago
0
To Be Human is to live a life of consciousness.
Duran Dior Sharp
- Duran Dior Sharp, Newport Beach, CA
0
it means we are self aware & inventive tool users with the skills to develop a fast evolving culture & unmatched ability to shape the world.
Stuart Gregory
- Stuart Gregory, Bize-Minervois France
3
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
In my opinion, to be human is simply to be a humanoid form with a developed level of sapience. Nothing changes that.
Bailey
- Bailey, Angleton
0
To be human is to have the opportunity for memetic not just genetic evolution. Your education forms your humanity.
Douglas McGill
- Douglas McGill, Whitby Ontario Canada
1
i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
4
Apparently for some, having Neanderthal genes. Does this explain our impacted wisdom teeth/orthodontics if you descend from Europe?
Jane
- Jane, Toronto
0
Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
5
To be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
0
To be human is to have greater intelligence than our ancestors that we study today
Jacqueline Xu
- Jacqueline Xu, Cupertino, CA
0
To live a life, to make friends, to love one another and to have ups and downs.
Isabela, age 8
- Isabela, age 8, New York
0
To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmond
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
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
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
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 have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5