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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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Being human means I have bones which could be used as fossils but instead you won't get them because my plans are to be cremated.
Papa Cat
- Papa Cat, USA
3
To think logically.
Mason
- Mason, California
0
it means having to wake up at 6:00 to go to a job or school and to work your life away. -No I won't freaking fix it
bob the builder
- bob the builder, you know(;
0
to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, TO BE
Tim Nguyen
- Tim Nguyen, Yorba Linda, Ca, USA
0
To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
0
to connect with things, with people, with the land, with ourselves and try to figure out the meaning of life if there even is one
Dinnah
- Dinnah, Pennsylvania
0
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 a free man to discover to explore to care for all
s
- s, new york
0
To be human is all about performances. Because life is never a rehearsal.
Leo Pramasatya
- Leo Pramasatya, Indonesi
0
To be human it means to be able to make a change in the world, to have the ability to provide for yourself and others who are in need.
Jimena
- Jimena, Woodburn HS
0
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
To observe, to replenish, to preserve, and to witness evolution
WIlson Santos
- WIlson Santos, St. Augustine,FL - USA
0
In China to be human is to get a good ATAR, but in Korea to be human is to win the League of Legends world cup. With love, from paper
paper
- paper, NEW SOUTH WHALES, AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, CREMONE
0
to be human you need to be able to respond and communicate between other people within the race of you.
charlie knight
- charlie knight, sydney
0
obligate bipedalism, complex language, abstract thought
James
- James, London
0
To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
0
To live a long and happy life.
Jack R.
- Jack R., Iowa
3
DNA.. Nothing more
Christopher Sanders
- Christopher Sanders, Dallas
1
To love and be loved in return.
Kyle
- Kyle, China
3
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
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
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
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
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5