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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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I think Humans have an awarness of self and future
Gail
- Gail, Canada
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Being human is to be an individual person, you don't need to be like others or fit in, you have to be your self.
Harambe
- Harambe, Australia
0
To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
0
How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
0
We wear clothes. What other creature does?
Henry Norr
- Henry Norr, Berkeley, CA
0
Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
0
To be human means to be able to understand and communicate with each other, to live in communities, and to be influenced by one another.
Shantih
- Shantih , Portland, OR
0
To be human is to have a complex view of the world with access to technology and social information.
Zach alan
- Zach alan, Portland, Oregon
0
Humans are aware about and manipulates the conditions for their own existence by remembering the past and planning for the future.
Mikael
- Mikael, Stockholm, Sweden
0
it means to be not a neanderthal
henry
- henry, cali
0
To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
0
It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
5
the only species able to sequence his own genome
Marrero
- Marrero, Brazil
0
Humans are like most other hunks of mobile meat except some of them have a dream inside...
Brad G
- Brad G, Philadelphia, PA
0
being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
5
to have the will to survive and adapt, unlike any other species on this planet.
Jordan Whitney
- Jordan Whitney, Ames, Iowa
0
Our true nature is that of being a spiritual being having a physical experience where we learn from the physical reality of the universe
Fred Pirone
- Fred Pirone , Tampa
0
To be compassionate and cognitive. A sentient being with frightining knowledge and apocalyptic capabilities.
Jarrad
- Jarrad, Roma, Queensland
0
being human is not understanding what being human is
Tabitha-alice
- Tabitha-alice, BLACKBURN HIGH SCHOOL
0
To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
If dogs like you and come up to you wagging their tails to be petted, then you are human. :)
RJE
- RJE, Potomac, MD
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
Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
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 soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
to be part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5