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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 ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
1
Humans think about who, what, when, where, why, and how we are in existence.
Megan Bergeron
- Megan Bergeron, Astoria, OR
0
We change the lives of every thing even the smallest organisms n
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
0
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
Being human is to be able to speak walk on two feet and do anything a regular animal can't do and be able to be and think freely.
Aedan
- Aedan, Rennaisance middle school
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To Think Critically and Reason
Taylor
- Taylor, South Carolina
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To be human is to live in solidarity with others and to change the world via creating culture (material and immaterial).
JAVIER BRAVO
- JAVIER BRAVO, MEXICO
0
being human to means being at the top of the food chain and being the most intelligent living thing on earth
antonio
- antonio , roosevelt high school
1
It means being conscious of being so, and yet not knowing exactly what does it mean, unless you decide that meaning. (which for me, is love)
Jesus
- Jesus, Peru
0
The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
0
To be human is to be created in the image of God Almighty. Genesis 1:26-27
J. S.
- J. S., USA
0
To be human is to have the ability to be independent and be able to live using any given resource
Kaisley
- Kaisley, California
0
Keeping other species from extinction.
Alan
- Alan, Tampa FL USA
0
Not to do the mistakes for which we suffer earlier or have seen doing which other suffer.
Debasis
- Debasis, India
0
It means to have emotions that we can openly express, and to have the ability to create tools that surpass those of the animals around us
Rhiannon
- Rhiannon, Pennsylvania, USA
0
To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
0
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
To love one another & what the earth has to offer for us to make the most of our lives while we are alive...
johnny Picht
- johnny Picht, rockville
0
To know more than you should and think less than you could
F Cahill
- F Cahill, Dublin Ireland
5
Human's use collective learning which is a way of sharing information through the use of different languages.
Sophia Moeller
- Sophia Moeller , Redlands School
0
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
5
to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
5
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5