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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 be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
to be snobby & think you are superior to animals.
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- ~~~~, hellas planitia, mars
0
This means that reconstruct the earth and live for each other and to worship God.
khadija
- khadija, Oma
1
We no longer adapt to our environments. Rather, we manipulate our environments, forcing them to adapt to us.
Cassandra McLean
- Cassandra McLean, Rahway, NJ
4
To be human is to be capable of self-reflection and inquiry into the origins of the human phenomenon and human uniqueness
Rachel Z
- Rachel Z, La Jolla, CA
0
Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
0
To be human means that we have the willpower to decide, emotions, and knowledge.
Jeniffer and Jalinh
- Jeniffer and Jalinh, Maryland
0
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
to be human means to be a mamal and have the ability to think, understand speech, speak and memorize information.
nadia
- nadia, maryland
2
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
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
5
Being a human might sound easy but with being a human come a lot of responsibilities.
Jovany R.
- Jovany R., Roosevelt high school Portland Oregon
0
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
We wonder where we came from. We wonder if there is anyone else like us anywhere.
Linda Kuczwanski
- Linda Kuczwanski, Oklahoma City, OK
5
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To create and perpetuate Culture, is to be human.
Magdalena
- Magdalena, Wisconsin
0
I would say love, critical thinking, and greed.
Jack
- Jack, Malsin
0
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
Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
0
the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5
To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
5
To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
5
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
5
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
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
5