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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 human is to understand at a higher level of cognition one that involves not only intellect but morals the effects of our actions.
Zainab
- Zainab, Boston
4
Man is incomprehensible.
phanuwat
- phanuwat, bangkok
0
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
On a basic level, one is human if one has human DNA. However, we tend to associate many traits perceived to be good with our own species.
Elizabeth H.
- Elizabeth H., Museum of Natural History
0
It means that you are an animal with senses for survival.
Rachelle Robinson
- Rachelle Robinson, Md
1
Significa haber sido humanizado por otros humanos que te hayan enseñado lo mejor de ser humano: el amor, la compasión, la risa, el arte.
Guadalupe Cruz
- Guadalupe Cruz, México
0
to create and destroy stuff
Seymour Heinee
- Seymour Heinee, Your Butt
0
Focused Curiosity
Andrea
- Andrea, Canada
0
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
to be human to keep thinking, asking, keep doubt and find the answer.
sutxa
- sutxa, Palistine
0
To be able to use technology and access websites like this one. To share interests and experiences with others.
Omar Ahmed
- Omar Ahmed, Simi Valley, California
0
It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
Felix Daverio
- Felix Daverio, NSW
0
To evolve and adapt to your surroundings, and making a better and easier life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
0
To be human means to be a species of high intelligens. A peaceful tipe of animal with the ability to Love <3
Pablo
- Pablo, Lovell
0
Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
0
To show human qualities, not just being born a biological human. To have a better judgement of life and be there for others.
Nat
- Nat, New York
0
We have been through a lot in evolution but don't you think we took it to far
hando
- hando, london
0
To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
Dion
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
0
To be an incredible step in this universes attempt to understand itself
Joshua Jones
- Joshua Jones, Portland, ME
0
It is the responsibility of humans to ensure the survival of our planet.
Adeline Smith
- Adeline Smith, LA, California
1
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
Human is part of the beautiful nature, a animal that can think for others.
jeeyoon
- jeeyoon, Seoul, Korea.
5
The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
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 be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
5
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
5