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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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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
5
It's a big surprise.
wungyh
- wungyh, MSU
0
To learn, decide, love, and recreate so our offspring may do the same.
Kayelani
- Kayelani, California
0
To love ; - )
joe Shmoe
- joe Shmoe, Emmaus, Pa
0
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To be a human is to be able to realize that we are not perfect, make mistakes, but at the end learn from those mistakes and not repeat it
Jeny
- Jeny, Torrance, CA
0
be conscious of himself and that others of his race are equally self-aware, the course of time, and able to understand cause-consequence.
Jorge Padilha
- Jorge Padilha, São José dos Campos - Brasil
0
To be human is to feel emotion, be able to reason, and to exercise your God given ability of free will.
Sean W.
- Sean W., Pearl City, HI
0
to learn by making mistakes due to emotions and in some ocassions repeating them, until you get it right.
david constable v.
- david constable v. , Panama city, Panama
0
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
To have a credit card, use a smartphone, operate a laser cutter, and be utterly unable to create a simple stone axe.
Nik
- Nik, Raleigh
0
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
to be aware that life existed before you and it will go on without you.
Tony
- Tony, Edmond, OK
0
The ability to ask this question and share my understaning with all of you.
jake
- jake, usa
0
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
To be Human is to be able to ask the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Krishna
- Krishna , Denmark
0
Its kind of organisms, able to store the information of geology of region, desire, ability to survive, it thinks beyond the imagination
P. Muthukumar
- P. Muthukumar, NEW DELHI, INDIA
0
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
Being human means to use your brain to stay alive. For example, adapting to your surroundings. Also to find ways to use tools for survival.
Jose
- Jose , Woodburn, Oregon
0
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
5
I don't know if humans are the only animals that can think about the future, but we're the only ones who can talk about it.
Gerry L
- Gerry L, Beaverton, OR
5
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
5
Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
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
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
5
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
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 know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
to be part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5