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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 wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
3
To be Human is to be simple and complex. It is to be understanding and compassionate. A tool for Love. An extension of the Universe.
Lumen
- Lumen, Tampa, FL
0
to connect with things, with people, with the land, with ourselves and try to figure out the meaning of life if there even is one
Dinnah
- Dinnah, Pennsylvania
0
To be human is to search inside for the knowledge that already exists. It's to realize that you are your own creator.
Julia
- Julia, San Francisco
0
It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
0
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
Humans have self-awareness.
Pat
- Pat, Maryland
0
opposable thumbs
Sara
- Sara, Washington, DC
0
To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
0
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
5
To be human means to be of the Homoe Sapien species.
Zoee Bishop
- Zoee Bishop, Ravenscroft school
0
An arsenal of concepts that manifest as either physical objects and structures or cultural practices.
William
- William, Oregon
0
To think about other animals like they are human
Jake P.
- Jake P., MD(USA)
0
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
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To take in air, and breath out change, and to interact and require main nessecities.
Lolo
- Lolo, NC
0
It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
5
The change of our bodies throughout the years,using tools and weapons,and our brain size increasing when we eat meat make us human.
Megan
- Megan, Arizona
0
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
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
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 know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
5
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmond
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
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
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 human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5