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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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Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
To be human means that you have more opportunities and are capable of more than any other living creature.
Haley W.
- Haley W., Portland Oregon
0
Few souls have the gift to be human-to be able to feel others pain and help them.
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA
1
Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
0
Unique from anything else in the world. No two humans are alike. We have the intelligence to know we were created by God.
David
- David, Dallas, Texas
1
Modern human - the only species on Earth in conflict with Earth's natural world. Capable of abstract thinking and partially self-aware.
Veronika
- Veronika, Austria
0
That we ask this question
Mark Moverman
- Mark Moverman, Washington, DC
1
to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, TO BE
Tim Nguyen
- Tim Nguyen, Yorba Linda, Ca, USA
0
To be human is to be an individual. You dont have to be like others, you just have to be YOU!
Kimo
- Kimo, Aussieland
0
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
0
it means we are self aware & inventive tool users with the skills to develop a fast evolving culture & unmatched ability to shape the world.
Stuart Gregory
- Stuart Gregory, Bize-Minervois France
3
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
The empty meaning of being a human can be as full as you want it to be. Life is your dictionary.
SSN
- SSN , Madrid, Spain
0
There is a lectotype for Homo sapiens, see the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature website. It's Carl Linneaus.
Dave
- Dave, London
2
To be human is to err.
Carter
- Carter, Maryland
0
To be human is to be the most egotistical, self-absorbed, destructive, atrocity-committing species on the planet.
Steve Schlarb
- Steve Schlarb, Irving, Texas
0
To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
0
To be human is to have a big brain with great intelligence. Humans are bipedal and communicate through the power of language.
Swaa Jackson
- Swaa Jackson , Compton, Ca
0
To be human means to innovate and change the world. Humans are constantly changing and making new tools which rivaled other animals.
JWLB
- JWLB, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
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
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
If dogs like you and come up to you wagging their tails to be petted, then you are human. :)
RJE
- RJE, Potomac, MD
5
Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
5
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
To be a human means to have the ability to love
Kate
- Kate, PA
5
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
5
To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
5