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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 the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
being human means to be able to think of complicated ideas and to be able to walk up right for long periods of time.
Danielle
- Danielle, Windermere, FL
0
at least in part it means being able to ponder what it means to be human!
Sis
- Sis, Ladoga
0
We are here to give life meaning
Pedro
- Pedro, Fort Collins,CO
1
Humans are bipedal, have larger brains relative to body size and well developed language areas (Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas).
Emily
- Emily, Canada
0
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
To be human is to be bipedal, be intellegent, and an individual. Also to communicate and have your own characteristics.
Imani
- Imani, The Renaissance School
4
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
Being human is about discovering new things in the world.
Cis Zerna
- Cis Zerna, HTLA
0
To on one hand kill each other and on the other hand have the free time to wonder what it means to be human.
Yuchen Tian
- Yuchen Tian, Richmond VA
0
Human is an animal endowed with reason and creativity and speech and the ability to use these gifts responsibly.
Emily K.
- Emily K., Michigan
0
Being human is to be able to interact with each other, to live beyond basic survival, and to be able to harness the resources around us.
Tyler
- Tyler, Portland
0
Being Human is that we are Made in the Image of God. It is our common heritage no matter how old the universe or earth or life on earth is.
Rich Henkle
- Rich Henkle, Medellin, Colombia
0
Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
0
To be human is to be curious and innovative. To be human is to make the most of your surroundings and resources.
Vishal
- Vishal, Oregon
0
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
Being human is above all a social condition. Our knowledge, collaboration, and competition has distinguished us as human.
Giselle
- Giselle, Portland, OR
0
To Learn, to Love, to live by concern for others and search for our own set Task Before Leaving...
Rangsil
- Rangsil, India
0
To be able to ask what it means to live a good life.
Will L
- Will L, Boston, MA
0
To be human means to love, care, to be fair, to know what is right ang wrong and to have justice in our hearts
Yobhelle Escano
- Yobhelle Escano, Dagupan City, Philippines
1
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
5
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5
Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
5
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5