You are here

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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

Being human form

Please select an image to upload that illustrates your answer to what it means to be human.
Files must be less than 1 GB.
Allowed file types: png jpg jpeg.
Please add tags to further categorize this response.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Vertical Tabs

Being the only animal we know of that can understand that they are alive and also that we will one day die.
Joel Thompson
- Joel Thompson, Great Falls, MT
3
To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
1
To be driven to find love and meaning for yourself.
Corey Bither
- Corey Bither, Boston, MA
0
Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
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
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
To make mistakes & make them into ideas, changing & impacting the world. It also means to adapt to the world & have locomotion.
JBRG
- JBRG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To think and feel and then act. Often able to rise above those animal instincts we all possess.
Lacie
- Lacie, Idaho
0
Human means to advance and expand. Always exploring and looking for a purpose.
Emanuel
- Emanuel , Tulsa
0
To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
0
To cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
0
It means wanting to know why, how, what and where and having the ability and drive to answer those questions.
Abby
- Abby, Oregon
0
To be human means to be a complex intelligent mammal that uses a large brain and opposable thumbs to create tools to aid in our survival.
Andrew Mahaffie
- Andrew Mahaffie, Washington D.C
0
Always finding a way to adapt :)
Art
- Art, Denver Colorado
0
It means having the ability to ask this sort of questions.
N.
- N., Gothenburg, Sweden
0
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
If you are living then you exist. If you are not living then you do not exist. If you do not exist you are nothing.
Kay
- Kay, Texas, USA
2
People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
Humans constitute the first and only species which has named itself. We, humans, have proclaimed ourselves humans. To be human is to name.
Cedric Fangeat
- Cedric Fangeat, London
0
the human species is the most intelligent species in the world.
ANDREW
- ANDREW, PHOENIX,ARIZONA
0
Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
5
Forwardly looking with curiosity and wonder.
To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
5
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
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
To hurt.
Alex
- Alex, China
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
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
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
being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
To be human is to be curious. To wonder, to explore, to invent, to create art, to love, & to learn about ourselves & the universe we live in
Bret Raoulsen
- Bret Raoulsen, Winnebago, Il
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5