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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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The ability to start and control fire In the species natural environment.
Jim R
- Jim R, Denver
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To be human is to look up, wondering why. Is to have no answer about many things, and keep asking. Is to keep searching, never knowing what.
Vitor Dantas
- Vitor Dantas, Salvador, Earth.
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"To be human is to be corrupt, it goes hand and hand."
Stacy
- Stacy, Alabama
0
Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
1
To be human means to share your pain with other people. Literally.
tj
- tj, Okiehoma United States
0
to live life to the fullest
anita miller
- anita miller, losangeles
0
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
4
To create knowledge.
Ben
- Ben, MD
0
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
Becca
- Becca, Oregon
0
To feel emotion not just live based on primal instincts & a wide range of emotions Humans analyze, discover, pursue dreams & make mistakes.
Rachel K
- Rachel K, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
0
It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
0
to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
5
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
To have the ability to make social and emotional bonds.
Melody
- Melody, Los Angeles, USA
0
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
to be able to change the future
jeff coe
- jeff coe, arlington va.
5
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
5
To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
5
To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
To be human is to be curiouser and curiouser.
David
- David, Escondido, Ca
5
Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
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
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
5
Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
5
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5