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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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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 be human is to be able to form rational thoughts but at the same time, experience emotions.
Emily
- Emily, Brisbane, Queensland,Australia
1
Capable of "rational" thinking and having a concept of "mind".
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
0
To be aware of the Creator who made us through this marvelous process of evolution
Jerry
- Jerry, Seattle
0
To be capable of the best and the worst...self sacrificing altruism, and murderous contempt.
Stacey
- Stacey, Maryland
1
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
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5
To think about other animals like they are human
Jake P.
- Jake P., MD(USA)
0
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
to make life more complicated
justin credible
- justin credible , your mom's
0
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5
It means how we'd lived in the past!
Raven
- Raven, Hamden
0
Being humans means that we are physically and mentally advanced.
Casey
- Casey, Orlando
1
It means we can problem solve and have the ability to impact the world
Belton
- Belton, In this bitch
0
It's a big surprise.
wungyh
- wungyh, MSU
0
It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
0
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Being human means that you have the capability to think clearly and make conscious decisions for yourself, other than just surviving.
Danyel Tharakan
- Danyel Tharakan, Washington, D.C.
1
Bein human means to have a brain, walk upright and be able to fend for yourself alone.
juan carlos
- juan carlos, cali
0
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
5
We are artists. Whether we tell our story with words, paint or music, we want to understand and to be understood.
Darren Thompson
- Darren Thompson, Westerville, OH
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
5
I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
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
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 means to only be able to do so much. I also agree with andrew shely from new york.
Deziree rosignon
- Deziree rosignon , houston,texas
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
5
Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
5