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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 be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
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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
To be human is to wonder why we are given consciousness, the strings of emotions and a spirit that soars and to be valued by our tribe.
YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh
- YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh, Boston, MA
0
To be aware; to have a large brain; to have language; to have precision hands; to have an iPad2; and to have the Internet.
Tom Woosnam
- Tom Woosnam, Estero, FL
1
Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
To be human is to be full of life.
Nayma
- Nayma, Inglewood
0
live laugh love community destroy
Keith Johnson
- Keith Johnson, Ft. Lauderdale
0
What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
0
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5
The Horse Head Nebula in red light, young bright stars being born.
To be human is to wonder what's around the next hill, or beyond the furthest star. And not to rest until you know.
Steve White
- Steve White, Indiana
1
somthing smarter than other living things
xzaviah
- xzaviah , york,pa
1
to desire connection and express that connection through art
Dee
- Dee, San Francisco, CA
0
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
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
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
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
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
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 self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
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
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5