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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 have a conscience
dominique
- dominique , las vegas
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When your human it means to be a mammal.A mammal has warm blood instead of cold blood like reptiles.Also humans are very intelligent.
Brad Cary
- Brad Cary, U.S.A
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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
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
God gave some of His human-like creations SOULS along with many advanced abilities springing from advanced human brains.
keith mcelroy
- keith mcelroy, 20 lakeshore dr., wapwallopen, pa 18660-1312
1
An extensive pre frontal cortex with lots of gray matter.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Indiana
2
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
To be a human means to live your life like a nature's true human.
simaranjit singh
- simaranjit singh, ludhiana
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Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
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we try to understand the world we live in and question who we are and how we got here.
jane
- jane, new jersey
3
It means that you are your own unique person and no one else is like you.
Julia
- Julia, NJ
0
To be human is to be social and, in our society, extend beyond the limits of individuality to live as the knowing of a culture.
Kaleb Smith
- Kaleb Smith, Ishpeming, MI
4
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
1
To be human means to share your pain with other people. Literally.
tj
- tj, Okiehoma United States
0
It means you are able to read and comprehend that your species, homo sapiens, resides at the top of the evolutionary ladder.
Roger
- Roger, Phoenix
0
Does being the long-unawaited product of a series of entropic coincidences, carry purpose or meaning?
Nathan
- Nathan, NM
0
To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
0
We are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
1
Highest level of consciousness of any organism on Earth & the ability to change our environment to suit our needs and support our misdeeds
Noel Curry
- Noel Curry, Tokyo Japan
0
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
We can make our ideas become reality.
Leasa
- Leasa, Vineland, NJ
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
5
Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
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 have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
5
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
5
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
5
To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
5
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
5