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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 think you're better than all the other animals.
Marion K. Allen
- Marion K. Allen, Milwaukee, WI
0
Being human means being able to show compassion to and feel empathy for others.
Emily Waldren
- Emily Waldren, Chicago, IL
4
To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
0
My defintion of what it means to be human is you have a straight body structure, a bigger brain, and you are at the top of the food chain.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
0
To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
0
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
It means being able to ask the question "What does it mean to be human?".
Mark
- Mark, Texas
0
Its to be grateful for what we have and fortunately we evolved right in order for us to succeed and survive throughout life!
Leslie
- Leslie, Chicago
0
Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
0
To be a human means to understand the power we have over our ecosystem and the consequences that a negative decision can make.
Robin A
- Robin A, Fayetteville
0
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
5
to be human means to live, create, dream, and progrees.
walter kroll
- walter kroll, springfield ma
0
Have your identity - co-relates to ancestors. Have social relationships-complex or not-based on your morals & social development.
Mai Kou Vang
- Mai Kou Vang, St. Cloud, MN
0
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
To wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
3
It means we are smarter with the ability to use symbolic language and we must survive on technology or we could be extinct or endangered.
Morgan Berard
- Morgan Berard, Maine
5
To be sentient of your surroundings. Also, to be rational.
Kara
- Kara, Colorado
0
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.
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
A human is a bipedal primate that has the ability to teach, learn and communicate through culture, knowledge and complex languages.
Zeping Wang
- Zeping Wang, Los Angeles
0
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
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
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
5
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
5
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5