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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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being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
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write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
The ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
1
To be human is to posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
It means to learn and achieve things that no other species have even came close to.
Maxpayne
- Maxpayne, England
0
To be human is wanting to be known and recognized, to change the world, to adapt to surroundings and to be loved by others.
Alvina
- Alvina, California
0
To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
4
capacity of opposing the thumb to any other digit of same hand
Mario Blanco
- Mario Blanco, west palm beach,florida
0
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
Of belonging to a homo sapeins
abiodun emmanuel
- abiodun emmanuel , lagos
0
To be human means to be gifted with the freedom of thought but also burdened with the responsibility of choice.
Lucas
- Lucas, Portland, OR
0
We think more than we react or do; to accomplish tasks, or feel accomplished. Usually while disregarding the Natural law.
JCDG
- JCDG, Undisclosed
0
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
What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
5
We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
0
The capacity for imagination and conceptual thought.
William B. Cusack
- William B. Cusack, Los Angeles
0
opposable thumbs
jacob
- jacob, haverhill
0
to have a sense of self and an identity, with thoughts and feelings
gabi
- gabi, Maryland
0
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
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
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
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 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
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
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
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5