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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 form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
It means we can come to understand ourselves as the products of evolution and then use our powers of reason to make a more humane world.
Eric R Roberts
- Eric R Roberts, St. Louis, MO
0
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
0
Seek company, partnership, communication and knowledge. The need know what I am, where I came from and what these things around me are.
Elizabeth Manson
- Elizabeth Manson, Australia, Melbourn
0
To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
0
To Be Human is to live a life of consciousness.
Duran Dior Sharp
- Duran Dior Sharp, Newport Beach, CA
0
The ability to realize and fix our mistakes.
Rob Bowkett
- Rob Bowkett, bowkett.ca
1
primate, bipedal, open language, compassion, violence, the ability to question.
tucker
- tucker, spokane
0
to be blinded by your own self importance as a species, you risk distruction of the ecosystem, for short term greed based motives
kevin
- kevin, kansas
4
To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
5
Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
0
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
To be human means to share qualitative behaviors with many other animals but to share some of those at greater quantity with fellow humans.
Helena
- Helena, Sweden
0
To gain more complex balances
Wu Chen
- Wu Chen, China
0
Being human is being intelligent learning interacting with other beings of different species while being kind and compassionate towards them
Solomon
- Solomon, Portland, OR
0
We use tools to create other tools
Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
0
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
it means to have a bipeded
jaisen
- jaisen, wright midlle school
0
To be human is to strive to increase knowledge based on evidence, and to be increasingly free of superstition, dogma and ignorance.
James
- James, Maine
0
It means mammals who are very intellegent and focused on two things,dominating and surviving!!
Austin 8th grade science class
- Austin 8th grade science class, Pennsylvania, mount union high school
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
5
To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
5
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
5
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
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
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
5
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5