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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 have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
Everyone is different. We all see, speak, hear, look, and even feel different. We learn more as we grow physically and mentally.
Carrie F
- Carrie F, Roosevelt High School
0
To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
0
Humans have the ability to learn, problem-solve, recognize a different perspective and to create new thoughts….all at the same time.
Scott
- Scott, Montana
0
Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
1
Knowing we are mortal. We are uniquely self aware
Erin
- Erin, Oregon
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 be human is to be a highly adaptable intelligent and self aware hominid.
Xander
- Xander, California
0
To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
1
Being human means that we have the capability to do anything that we want that other primates and animals can't do.
Nicole Han
- Nicole Han, California
0
Our individuality and our ability to express ourselves, is what separates us humans from any other species on this planet.
Chris
- Chris, Victoria, Australia
0
To Think Critically and Reason
Taylor
- Taylor, South Carolina
0
An Animal, who enough dare to think
Vinod
- Vinod, India
0
There are many ways to be human. Their stone tools help us build cities, and communities.
Isaiah
- Isaiah, Arizona
0
Of the homo genus. A superior animal due to our mind and conscious which allows us to think.
Manda
- Manda, Australia
0
Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
0
Being human isn't just living. It's the thought of being alive and leaving your mark.
Mykka
- Mykka, Oregon
0
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
To be Human is to be able to ask the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Krishna
- Krishna , Denmark
0
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
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
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 be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
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 be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
5
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
To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
5
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5
To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
5