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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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We teach and learn from one another to form cultures, as well as keeping "history" and passing ideas on; we "predict” each other’s thoughts.
Sara Kim
- Sara Kim , California
0
To learn how to excel at everything - including the ability to question and find answers to why we are who we are
chuck
- chuck, california
1
To be a human is to have working organisms
Jez
- Jez, Whitehorse
0
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
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 is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
2
There are many ways to be human. Their stone tools help us build cities, and communities.
Isaiah
- Isaiah, Arizona
0
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
A human must walk upright, use tools, possess larger/more complex brains than other species, and use some form of communication.
Reid Jarvis
- Reid Jarvis, Springfield MO.
0
Being human means to be responsible for the whole world because of deeper insight.
Peer
- Peer, Germany
0
To be a human is to have opposable thumbs and to be able to make the most advanced tools and to be able to have speech.
Rafi
- Rafi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
0
people are diffrent from animals because we have the ability to reason and communicate.
chris
- chris, belleville il
0
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5
The universe understanding itself.
kasey
- kasey, Erin, TN
4
To be human is to seek a deeper meaning and emotion we do and see no matter how ordinary or complex it may be.
Immy
- Immy, London
0
To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
0
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
A creation of God with an eternal soul.
Nancy
- Nancy, Brunnemer
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 have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
5
To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
5
Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
To have a soul specially created by God. To be made in God's image.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
5
To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5