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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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Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
1
To be human is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
5
It means asking the question, "What does it mean to be human"
Martin Heidegger
- Martin Heidegger, Germany
0
To survive and to procreate
London
- London, Canada
0
to be human means to be able to think and live
juan morales and karina perez
- juan morales and karina perez, springfield mass
0
Being human, is just being human,
Julia
- Julia, bob, minnesota
4
The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
0
To be human is to have awareness of what we are capable of. We are able to teach others, creating a world full of constant learning.
Rebecca Hutchison
- Rebecca Hutchison , Torrance
0
To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
0
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
to be human, you need to be a speaking,living, cultural being
Mike
- Mike, USA
0
being human to means being at the top of the food chain and being the most intelligent living thing on earth
antonio
- antonio , roosevelt high school
1
It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
1
humans of later life achieve great inventions, discover the past and walk into the future.
Francesca
- Francesca, Yardley, PA
0
Our ability to live and let others live ultimately makes us humans.
Dario
- Dario, Sunnyside, New York
0
one of the features by which humans are distinguished from non human primates is bipeadal locomotion and fully erect posture.
shiva gogoi
- shiva gogoi, assam
4
Humans are social we are capable of love, hope, and sympathy. And thats what keeps us alive, the ability to stay together through emotions.
Nora
- Nora, Portland, OR
0
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
5
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
that we can do whatever we want
joe
- joe , waterville
5
To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
5
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5