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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 human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
5
To learn from mistakes, through discovered errors and thus follow laws.
Jeff
- Jeff, Sydney
0
To be human is to have many flaws but to learn and grow from our mistakes.
Kyla Vigdor
- Kyla Vigdor, Washington DC
0
As limited resources are available, I must fight, enslave, and control my fellow man before he does it to me.
Frank
- Frank , Middletown, NJ
0
To be human means that you have more opportunities and are capable of more than any other living creature.
Haley W.
- Haley W., Portland Oregon
0
To be human is to have the ability to hope for the best and wonder at the possiblities.
erica
- erica, Texas
1
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
5
It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
5
Years ago we developed our brains, bodies, tools and social connections to help us live in harmony with the earth and grow as a species.
RD
- RD, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
Being Human means being able to express oneself individually, to strive to better ourselves and our world.
Cody
- Cody, Astoria, Oregon
0
To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
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
A reflective drop of water on a green leaf.
To use our knowledge of human nature to improve our society, and ultimately, human nature itself.
Vlad Muresan
- Vlad Muresan, Romania
2
Being human is to die. There is no purpose to existing one day everything that youve done won't matter no one will remember. Everything dies
Edge McJohnson
- Edge McJohnson, Australia
0
Humans' bodies can change size & shape depending on the environment. Using their bodies, humans can innovate tools, changing the world.
MBAK
- MBAK, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
it means to know exactly the limits in a society and community we live in. would behave as we wanted others to behave to us.(most of us)
ahmad ansari
- ahmad ansari, iran.arak
0
human means created to praise god
nabeel
- nabeel, saudi arabia
0
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
To know you will die
theresa
- theresa, ga
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
Human is part of the beautiful nature, a animal that can think for others.
jeeyoon
- jeeyoon, Seoul, Korea.
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
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5
We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
5
Shootin' stuff, smoking, drivin, eating french fries, drinkin beer n watchin football. Pretty much anything we can do that monkey's can't.
Greg
- Greg, Saranac Lake, New York
5
exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
5
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
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
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
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
To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
5
Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5