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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 be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
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Human means to be curious for answers to things bigger than us.
Jay
- Jay, Kissimmee, Florida
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Being human means asking questions and exploring what it means to be human. This website is a fantastic example of that! Kudos!
Beatrice Afrangui
- Beatrice Afrangui, Potomac, MD
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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
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We have a brain that has a million gigs of memory. We also the ability of Adaptation we adapt to the environment.
Alex Murphy
- Alex Murphy, High Tech LA
0
To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
5
A human is someone who isn't perfect. Someone who is a anything or anyone they want to be. A human is always different.
Bailey
- Bailey , Raleigh,NC
0
Animals have emotions and intelligence – but what differs humans from them, is the approach to the world of poetry, music, and mathematics
Roland Benn
- Roland Benn, Hamburg FRG
0
To be able to contemplate the universe and the self but be unable to be truly part of it.
Some guy
- Some guy, Australia
0
five human beings shown in the evolution first very primitiv and the last very modern.
Be Human means to have human children, to feel comfortable among Human beings and to want to interact with other human beings.
Renate
- Renate, Vienna
0
it means that we have hands, opposable thumbs, complex brain functions, walk upright, and talk clearly.
gracie
- gracie, oakland
0
it means having to wake up at 6:00 to go to a job or school and to work your life away. -No I won't freaking fix it
bob the builder
- bob the builder, you know(;
0
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
To have culture, religion, and tradition. To be the unique great ape the god created to be above all other creatures; a human being.
Nehemiah Rodriguez
- Nehemiah Rodriguez, CA
0
To be human is to have the abilities of compassion, reason, and coexisting with everything in nature.
Sharnae
- Sharnae, Duluth, MN
0
To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
5
to be human is to be intelligent, to have a larger brain, to have sences, and to walk upright.
Alexzandria Mitchell
- Alexzandria Mitchell, Springfield Renaissance School, MA
0
To be human means to search for a greater purpose in life other than mere survival.
Ana
- Ana, Maryland
0
To believe in right versus wrong, that is correct, but it does not mean that we, as humans, always do what is right.
Ashvini
- Ashvini, Illinois
3
to be human is to be self aware of yourself and the role you play in the lives of others and in the universe.
Maddy
- Maddy , San Diego
0
It means mammals who are very intellegent and focused on two things,dominating and surviving!!
Austin 8th grade science class
- Austin 8th grade science class, Pennsylvania, mount union high school
5
It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
5
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
Humans (and some of our ancestors) are the only animals that can use and manipulate fire.
Sean
- Sean, Portland, OR
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
5
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
To be human is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
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 overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
5