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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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having the most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
1
i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
0
thinker and not physically strong
Alireza Ebrahimi
- Alireza Ebrahimi, Iran, Bushehr
3
Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
0
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
5
Unique from anything else in the world. No two humans are alike. We have the intelligence to know we were created by God.
David
- David, Dallas, Texas
1
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
Becca
- Becca, Oregon
0
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
It means to explore and be free and go to school for children and learn things.
Ariadna
- Ariadna, SanDiego
1
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
1
To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
1
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
Humans communicate in languages, don’t have hair all over the body, express emotions, create and destroy, make judgments, etc.
Lisa Seo
- Lisa Seo, College Park
0
Years ago we developed our brains, bodies, tools and social connections to help us live in harmony with the earth and grow as a species.
RD
- RD, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
Being human is to be an individual person, you don't need to be like others or fit in, you have to be your self.
Harambe
- Harambe, Australia
0
Unique sophisticated forms of communication allowing for the detailed exchange of ever more descriptive imagination techniques.
Andy J
- Andy J , Manchester
0
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
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
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
being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
to learn from the past, live the present and dream for the future
Emma
- Emma , Mauritius
5
To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
To have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
5
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
5