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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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Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
Being human is to use our senses to the best of our abilities and to be able to record thoughts, history and ideas
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Maine
2
To be able to comprehend at a reasonable level
Cole
- Cole , NC
0
To be human is to be the most egotistical, self-absorbed, destructive, atrocity-committing species on the planet.
Steve Schlarb
- Steve Schlarb, Irving, Texas
0
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
we try to understand the world we live in and question who we are and how we got here.
jane
- jane, new jersey
3
To be human means to be forever changing and creating. It means to adapt and evolve as the strongest species on the planet.
JoAnn
- JoAnn, Germany
1
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
To be human is to live in unison with your environment, not be controlled by it but not have too much control either.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, OR
0
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
0
I think being human is to be curious. In the past and in the presents humans have always wanted to learn and find out more.
Greg Andrews
- Greg Andrews, Australia
0
To be human means to be unique and to love yourself for being you.It also means to be yourself and not try to be someone else.
Landon
- Landon, Denver,CO
0
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5
To be human is. The body is used so the spirit can experience the 5 senses.
justin
- justin, columbus, ga
0
This means that reconstruct the earth and live for each other and to worship God.
khadija
- khadija, Oma
1
To be human it means to be able to walk up right and communicate with others and to have developed brains.
Trevor
- Trevor , Woodburn High School
0
The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
5
It means we are just one tiny part of a beautiful primate legacy!
Marjee
- Marjee, Washington DC
0
Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
5
To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
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 is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
To contribute to our world and to the lives of others in a helpful way, and making decisions as to how to accomplish that task.
Zach
- Zach, Green Hill Zone, Mobius
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmond
5