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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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Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
Being human means having a spoken/written language,being able to express ourselves,and being able to walk upright.
Somebody
- Somebody , Somewhere
0
It means you are able to read and comprehend that your species, homo sapiens, resides at the top of the evolutionary ladder.
Roger
- Roger, Phoenix
0
Thinking, speaking, emotions.
Sandra
- Sandra, Colorado
0
bacon and ipods
isaiahdawebb
- isaiahdawebb, lol not tellin
0
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
Christina Nichols-Whittaker
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
0
To be human is to feel, love, create, conquer, and believe.
Ty
- Ty, Astoria, Oregon
0
It means asking the question, "What does it mean to be human"
Martin Heidegger
- Martin Heidegger, Germany
0
Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
0
Becoming a new "Creator" on the block. Maturity will be essential to future survival of life, and achieve cosmic evolutionary survival.
E.Lemarchands
- E.Lemarchands, International
0
To be human, is to be created in the image and likeness of God, our creator.
Caleb
- Caleb, California
0
Its kind of organisms, able to store the information of geology of region, desire, ability to survive, it thinks beyond the imagination
P. Muthukumar
- P. Muthukumar, NEW DELHI, INDIA
0
to live on earth with a brain a spine no claws and live civilized
angelina
- angelina, nc
0
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
0
to reach life's mission of death
Mia Fordson
- Mia Fordson, Malvern, Arkansas
0
To be part of an intelligent species who self modifies evolution rules. Species makes robots to channel evolution to creative individuals.
Sheethal
- Sheethal, SD, CA
0
Being Human means that you are the most complex species on Earth. You walk on two legs and communicate with others. Being human is awesome!
Ava Straccia
- Ava Straccia, MA
0
To be able to think critically about ourselves
Maurizio
- Maurizio, Bologna
0
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
5
To know love, ethics and do non-survival but hard efforts.
Amir
- Amir, Virginia
5
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
5
To reflect upon what it means to be human and share that with others via music, stories, poems, pictures, electrons, and Voyager spacecraft
JB Cassel
- JB Cassel, Richmond VA USA
5
Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
5
With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
5
...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
5
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5
to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
5
To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
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