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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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To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
1
Being human means that I can analyze any given situation, climate or predator.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, Trinidad
0
Humans have the capability to completely disconnect from the environment in which we evolved.
Nate
- Nate, Portland, OR
0
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
To make register of things, by any means, drawing, writing, engraving. And to pass it generation after generation, through education.
Andre Catani
- Andre Catani, Valinhos, BRAZIL
0
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
Large brains, opposable thumbs, and the ability to kill at a distance
Warren Norton
- Warren Norton, Massillon, Ohio
0
Humans, also recognized as homo sapiens are highly intelligent. Their brain allow them to do anything they please and create what they want
Jeffry Figueroa
- Jeffry Figueroa, Washington DC
0
Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
0
To be human is to be curious and innovative. To be human is to make the most of your surroundings and resources.
Vishal
- Vishal, Oregon
0
Being human in mortality means to be able to become like our Father in Heaven.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Texas
1
Living with the insight of who we were and the hope of knowing that we aren't finished evolving yet.
D. Morgan
- D. Morgan, Crossville, Tennessee
0
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
Being human is about discovering new things in the world.
Cis Zerna
- Cis Zerna, HTLA
0
To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
Khoa
- Khoa, Torrance
0
humans create art, this is one of our highest ideals along with religion. Then complicated language, writing, mathematics and complex tools
Johnny
- Johnny, Kentucky
0
that we can do whatever we want
joe
- joe , waterville
5
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
To be self-aware; to be aware of one's impending death; to worship a being greater than self.
Donna
- Donna, Murfreesboro, TN
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
5
The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5
Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
5
It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
5
Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
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
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
5