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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 create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
Being a bi-pedal terrestrial mammal.
Gary Baxel
- Gary Baxel, Joshua Tree, CA
0
Being human means to be able to evolve at a faster rate than any other living organism on the planet, and having an imagination to do so.
Shannon Perucatti
- Shannon Perucatti, South Africa
0
To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
0
Humans think about who, what, when, where, why, and how we are in existence.
Megan Bergeron
- Megan Bergeron, Astoria, OR
0
To be human means to communicate, risk everything to survive, create new tools and relationships, as well as overcome the Earth.
AHALRL
- AHALRL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
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
having the most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
1
it means that you have skin and that you can speak one of the many languages of the world
blah
- blah, europe
0
We are a species who can be compassionate but yet to the other extreme still ignorant to the rest of the species on the planet.
Ron
- Ron, Minneapolis, MN
0
i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
4
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
To lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
0
We have the ability to make- beer! No other species can do that. *cheers*
Eureka
- Eureka, Malaysia
0
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
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 care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
3
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
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 be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
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