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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 be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
to have language, culture, to be mammal, to be social, and to kill for other reason than for food
Miguel Rivera
- Miguel Rivera, rivera.miguelantonio787@gmail.com
1
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
To create and question beyond the means of survival, for joy, sorrow, excitement and/or horror.
Jane
- Jane, Canada
0
it means that we are more advanced than monkeys
clorissa
- clorissa, new jersey
0
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
be conscious of himself and that others of his race are equally self-aware, the course of time, and able to understand cause-consequence.
Jorge Padilha
- Jorge Padilha, São José dos Campos - Brasil
0
To experience all of life's adventures, such as spending your Friday afternoon doing homework for your college anthropology class..
K
- K, USA
0
To be aware of the Creator who made us through this marvelous process of evolution
Jerry
- Jerry, Seattle
0
It means to understand the purpose of life
m.shahbaz
- m.shahbaz, lahore pakistan
0
To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
0
Being human in mortality means to be able to become like our Father in Heaven.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Texas
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 be human is to be a thread in the tapestry of consciousness.
Stephen
- Stephen , Ireland
4
Being human means asking questions and exploring what it means to be human. This website is a fantastic example of that! Kudos!
Beatrice Afrangui
- Beatrice Afrangui, Potomac, MD
1
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
Just to living your life and be alive!!!!(:
Morgan Price
- Morgan Price, Fillmore, In
1
I think to be human is: to think, to belong, to share, to be part of, to love, to be loved, to be shy, to be bold, to be selfish.
James Zaworski
- James Zaworski, Shenzhen, China
1
picture of the evolution from ape to modern day human
To be a human means to be able to hope and dream, to adapt and change, and to learn and love.
Marcus
- Marcus, Washington DC
0
it means to be free . to be able to explore to learn important info.
zeleny
- zeleny, merced
0
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
5
Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To imagine the impossible
Anaf
- Anaf, Bethesda, MD
5