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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 understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
2
To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
0
Distinction in sense of "self" and "others".
San Diego, CA
- San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
4
Being human means developing complex cultures, religion, and being bipedal which gives room for a complex brain structure.
Kristopher Krohn
- Kristopher Krohn, Mesa, Arizona
0
To err is human. Just kidding. A real human is animalistic, and anything better is not human, but a person regardless of species.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Alaska
0
To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
0
To have been created in God's image. Is Australopithecus created in God's image? Maybe, probably not. Neanderthals? Harder to answer.
Joel Mackler
- Joel Mackler, Pittsburgh
0
To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
3
It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
1
To be human is to question and quest.
Jessica
- Jessica, Pennsylvania, USA
0
Descent
To be a bilateral chordate deuterostome mammalian primate monkey. To be human means to belong to the clade of Homo and all of the above.
Dennis Kalkhoran
- Dennis Kalkhoran, Denmark, Nykøbing Falster 4800 Parkvej 701tv
1
It takes a while for our skulls to mend. Our brain has more room to grow. We speculate, they throw poop. They are way more impulsive.
emilee l
- emilee l, portland, oregon
0
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
0
Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
0
To be able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
4
to be human is to be intelligent, to have a larger brain, to have sences, and to walk upright.
Alexzandria Mitchell
- Alexzandria Mitchell, Springfield Renaissance School, MA
0
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
Evolution of Complex Culture and biology in correlation to Temporal and Environmental factours
Ben
- Ben, Massachusetts
0
it means to have certain values and be original
mishonda polk
- mishonda polk, 4912 monarch
1
Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
5
Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
5
To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
to be human means to stick together keep are earth clean come as one and be gods children no matter what you belive in
lynn
- lynn, atlanta,georgia
5
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5