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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 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
To be human is to mate and reproduce with other humans to continue the process of evolution
Sanket Narayana
- Sanket Narayana, Emmaus, PA
0
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
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
What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
5
The experience of life and the realization that you're living it.
Michael
- Michael, Vancouver B.C.
0
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
To enjoy life while it lasts. Also make mistakes, build, destroy things. To love every single view that you see. To make history!
Alicia
- Alicia, Milwaukee, WI
0
human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
gianni
- gianni, new york
0
Being human means sharing more genetic & phenotypic characteristics with the Homo sapiens metapopulation than with any other species.
Paolo
- Paolo, London
0
To be greedy, our greatest weakness. To think...To dream...To love
DoubleH
- DoubleH, Canada
0
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
To be human is to look at my eyes and see the universe.
Eduardo Romero p.
- Eduardo Romero p., Colombia
0
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
To have been created in God's image. Is Australopithecus created in God's image? Maybe, probably not. Neanderthals? Harder to answer.
Joel Mackler
- Joel Mackler, Pittsburgh
0
Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
1
To be human you have a soul you can comprehend the past and the future in different was than animals do.
Ashley
- Ashley, Astoria OR
0
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
0
To be Human is Ah-mazing!
Kelsey
- Kelsey, Wisconsin
0
One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
5
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
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
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
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
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
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
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
5
To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
5
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
5