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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 have the most gifted abilities over all creatures.
Chirstopher
- Chirstopher, Mesa,AZ
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Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
1
To be human is to be made in the image of God.
Bryan
- Bryan, Tennessee
1
To be human means to be created in the image of God.
Eric
- Eric, Virginia
1
To be able to make/use tools for not only survival but also convenience, and knowing how to share, learn, sympathize, and respect.
Jenny K.
- Jenny K., Torrance, CA
0
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
0
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
Being human means having the ability to love.
Hannah
- Hannah, Atlanta, GA
1
be conscious of himself and that others of his race are equally self-aware, the course of time, and able to understand cause-consequence.
Jorge Padilha
- Jorge Padilha, São José dos Campos - Brasil
0
to be free
zeleny
- zeleny, CA
0
It means we have the responsibility to take better care of each other, the planet, and the other species.
Ed Meyers
- Ed Meyers, Washington, DC
1
To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
5
Being human involves interdependence. We depend on one another for emotional support, for employment, for food. The list is endless.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
0
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
A human is a being that can walk upright and has the ability to think and create.
Ariana
- Ariana, Springfield, MA
0
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
It means we are more human or human more! Sè?
Alex
- Alex, IDK
0
We are the universe itself, pondering: "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is my place in the grander scheme of things?"
Prof
- Prof, USC, Colombia
0
To have the ability to recognize our own image and feel judgment towards it.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, NC
0
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
5
To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
5
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
5
To have a basic goal to expand your bubble of intelligence.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
to be able to change the future
jeff coe
- jeff coe, arlington va.
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5