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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 means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
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Increase of information storage. Forces-maybe toolmaking-pushed for larger brain,hand, not being sea creatures all gelled into humans.
Gary Samuel
- Gary Samuel, Columbia, Maryland, USA
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to be human means to be understand mutual correlation among creatures, creation, and creator
Kus Bintoro
- Kus Bintoro, Jakarta
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We are humans because that is who we choose to see ourselves as. If we evolve into another species, will we still call ourselves Human?
Jesse
- Jesse, Florida
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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
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There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
To be a conscious being, capable of speech and complex thought, as well as emotions and ritual tendencies.
Katelyn
- Katelyn, Canada
0
Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
Francesco
- Francesco, Italy
0
The recognition of self, the conscious being, and all the rational and irrational thinking that comes with this consciousness.
Wade Dodson
- Wade Dodson, Perth, Western Australia
4
To be human means to be of the Homoe Sapien species.
Zoee Bishop
- Zoee Bishop, Ravenscroft school
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
The ability to use our brains and bodies to adapt and progress as a community.
Hayle
- Hayle, Portland, OR
0
As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
0
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
It means you are able to read and comprehend that your species, homo sapiens, resides at the top of the evolutionary ladder.
Roger
- Roger, Phoenix
0
our bodies can digest almost any kind of food, and we don't have to live in one area because our bodies can adapt to different climates
Paris
- Paris, Rock hill
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
To have a full thought process, a way to communicate with other being, have a curious nature and do whatever you want.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
To be human means to be a species of high intelligens. A peaceful tipe of animal with the ability to Love <3
Pablo
- Pablo, Lovell
0
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
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
5
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
5
To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
5
Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
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 evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
5
Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
5
Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
5