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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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Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
Being human means that we have a very large brain size, and can help improve the world.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Philadelphia, PA
0
Humans have acquired a sense of awareness; we are guided by a conscience; and we retain knowledge throughout life. It’s a great opportunity.
ASHLEY
- ASHLEY, TX
0
Walking upright, making & using tools, the use of fire, language & symbolic thinking, art & use of jewellery, barter & trade
Andy Bryson
- Andy Bryson, South Africa
0
Being human means everything transcends so every part of you may shine but from race to race you still have to workout to keep moving.
M
- M, Arizona
0
i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
4
To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
1
An evolved life form aware of it's transience, mortality. Main ambition is to avoid pain, maximize pleasure and a shared fear of death
Andrew Lautin
- Andrew Lautin, New York
0
We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
0
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
To be human is to be your self, you dont have to fit in or be like the others, you just have to be YOU!
Kimo
- Kimo, Aussieland
0
To love, to share, to hope!
Hari Krishnan
- Hari Krishnan, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
0
to be human you need to be able to respond and communicate between other people within the race of you.
charlie knight
- charlie knight, sydney
0
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To strive to make a better future and accept failure.
Allison
- Allison, McLaren Vale, South Australia
0
It means you like to screw up nature and destroy the world it means you over cut down trees it means you have an ego the size of the sun
Chace Anthony
- Chace Anthony, Hiroshima Japan
0
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
For us to be human we use language. We have complex languages that takes us to think and communicate with each other. And our Brain!
Stephen E
- Stephen E, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
0
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
5
To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
5
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
Being human is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
5
what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5