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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 is to walk up right to speak and have a larger brain than early man.
Jacqueline Clark-Harris
- Jacqueline Clark-Harris, Springfiled Renaissance school MA
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To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
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
having the most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
1
To be human means to be fated to be recognized as the same species with people who govern your life without your permission
Chris
- Chris, European Union
0
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
The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
0
To be human is. The body is used so the spirit can experience the 5 senses.
justin
- justin, columbus, ga
0
compassion, curiosity, optimism, and the tendency to have anxiety, be diplomatic, have wonder, and want to leave a legacy
Alex
- Alex, Chico
0
To be human, means that we are able to partake on a journey using our minds, across planet Earth.
Anna
- Anna, DE
0
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
It means you are living and you want to see everything in the world. It also means life with human forms.
Crazy old lady
- Crazy old lady, Mars
0
Having the capacity for compassion, tolerance, and personal growth.
Yaicha
- Yaicha, Earth
1
To live in a self-constructed world of symbols and concepts. To touch "reality" only occasionally
Rich
- Rich, Columbus, Ohio
0
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
To cry salty tears of joy and sorrow.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, Durham NC
0
to love, to share, to express ourselves, to be curious, and to wonder the exact question: what DOES it mean to be human?
Rachel
- Rachel, california
4
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
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
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
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
Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
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
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5