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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 human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
It means language, fire control, clothing, knowledge, inner control and, above all, God seeking.
Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez
- Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia
0
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
human means created to praise god
nabeel
- nabeel, saudi arabia
0
To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
1
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
5
To be human means to bring about positive change with our large brain capacity and to help and love others
Madison
- Madison, British Columbia
0
CAN NOT BREED WITH NONHUMANS
RONALD MOHORN
- RONALD MOHORN, CALIFORNIA
1
To care deeply about the well being others and be willing to do what ever is necessary to protect and nurture those we care about.
Tom Hunnicutt
- Tom Hunnicutt, Mt. Shasta, California
0
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
that we can do whatever we want
joe
- joe , waterville
5
A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
0
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
Being human means being part of a modern evolutionary tree that includes some of the most intelligent species to ever live.
Andrew Taylor
- Andrew Taylor, College Park, Maryland
0
Depends what human means. Homo Sapiens? Genetics. Person? Harder -abilities & behavior. Won't really know til we see non-HS person - not yet
jjmcgaffey
- jjmcgaffey, Alameda, CA
0
To be able to walk on two legs, and to talk.
christian
- christian, lewiston maine
0
The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
0
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
To be human means to act irrationally and blame it on anything or anyone other than ourselves.
Chris
- Chris, Carbondale, IL
1
to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5
The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
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
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
5
When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
5
To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
5