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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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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 be human is to be unique and be individual since it can divide the true understanding of two different people's true strength.
Jack Tan
- Jack Tan, Blackburn High School Blackburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3130
0
To be different from one another
Iris
- Iris, La
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To contemplate consequences and challenge one another to act beyond the dictates of instinct.
Mimosa
- Mimosa, Skokie, Illinois
0
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
0
To realize how much beauty there is in the world
Ivet
- Ivet, Boston
1
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
3
We are apes with language ...with the same biological drives just with sociocultural interpretations
django
- django, ohio
0
To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
Highest level of consciousness of any organism on Earth & the ability to change our environment to suit our needs and support our misdeeds
Noel Curry
- Noel Curry, Tokyo Japan
0
It means that you can talk walk and everything else. It also mean that you can take on the responsibility of walking on this earth.
liyah
- liyah, Evanston,Il
0
To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
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
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
5
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
loving, helping all humans and disproving reasons on "race" and figure out we are one species.we must stand together as one race.
jack
- jack, birmingham uk
0
To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
0
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
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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 human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
5
Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
5
The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
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
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 imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
5
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
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 one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
5