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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 be free
zeleny
- zeleny, CA
0
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
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
Being human is having the ability to form complex thoughts that create the meaningful out of the meaningless. It's a path-dependent process!
Abraham Gutierrez
- Abraham Gutierrez, Ontario, CA
0
i think it mens to be able to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Thats what i think
bryce
- bryce, NY
1
To be human means that you live your life striving to understand the world and the forces that made it the way it is.
NDR
- NDR, Texas
0
To be human is to have greater intelligence than our ancestors that we study today
Jacqueline Xu
- Jacqueline Xu, Cupertino, CA
0
To be smart enough to know what's going on around you, and intelligent enough to know how to make it better.
Tori
- Tori , Illinois
0
To be human, means that we are able to partake on a journey using our minds, across planet Earth.
Anna
- Anna, DE
0
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
1
Humans have long communicated through language, and invented tools that have enabled our species to survive and thrive.
Janet Arredondo
- Janet Arredondo, Jeffersonville INy
1
opposable thumbs
jacob
- jacob, haverhill
0
To be put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
0
Being human is being connected to others through relationships that vary in their degree of centrality to our everyday living.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
0
The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
0
To be human means experiencing war, famine, chaos, and disaster. Being human also means being able to overcome it all.
Rose Hogeweide
- Rose Hogeweide, Portland, Oregon
0
Humans are aware about and manipulates the conditions for their own existence by remembering the past and planning for the future.
Mikael
- Mikael, Stockholm, Sweden
0
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
Being human means making mistakes and learning from them. It also means that you have feelings and are social.
Johanna Siegel
- Johanna Siegel, Washington, DC
2
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
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
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
The constant struggle to better our species as a whole. No other species has the comprehension to understand where they stand.
Lance King
- Lance King, Myrtle Beach, SC
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
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
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
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
5
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5