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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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Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
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Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
To be human means to be a bipedal mammal with a spoken language
Jack
- Jack, Pittsburg, CA
0
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
To be capable of showing your love for others through words AND actions.
Maria S.
- Maria S., Portland, OR
0
it isnt much different from other animals. we walk on two legs is one difference, but monkeys can to. so we are not that unique
marissa
- marissa, belleville
0
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
Being a human means that we are able to innovate and create ideas out of our abstract and imaginative minds, including emotions.
Jay
- Jay, California
0
To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
Christina Nichols-Whittaker
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
0
To be able to comprehend at a reasonable level
Cole
- Cole , NC
0
To be able to think and plan ahead for the future. To not be held back by simple instinct.
Jonathan Zackariah Moore
- Jonathan Zackariah Moore, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
0
To walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
0
The be human is to stare into the coding of life and the universe, and understand it at the same time. As well as find penises funny
Rin
- Rin, London
4
Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
0
To have self-contol. To feel guilt, greed, and love more than other animals. We are the same species but are different in our own ways.
Sylvia Gisler
- Sylvia Gisler, Washington, DC
0
Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
Being Human means thinking, evaluating, planning, supporting, caring, loving, remembering, empathizing, showing courage, and improving.
Peggy V.
- Peggy V., East Dundee, Illinois
0
To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
5
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
use and manufacture tools, have a sense of community, have opposable thumbs, and be bipedal. also have a more developed frontal lobe.
Noa the Sapien Sapien
- Noa the Sapien Sapien, San Diego, CA
5
To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5