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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 experience the way of life and see how it turns out in the end. The turnout in the end is how you chose to live.
Marie C.
- Marie C., Portland-RHS
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Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
I had just penned some difficult sheep with a border collies and I'm just so pleased with myself.  Just another example of what it's like to be human.
Being human is understanding the significance of being able to touch the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb.
John Bernard
- John Bernard, 985 Island Rd, Victoria BC Canada V2X 2V1
1
To be alive, and have FUN!
Richard
- Richard, New York
0
We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
5
To think and feel and then act. Often able to rise above those animal instincts we all possess.
Lacie
- Lacie, Idaho
0
To be a curious specie
Aamir
- Aamir, Pakistan
0
I don't know but surely the last human being (on Earth?) will provide a definitive answer.
W.
- W., Turin, ITALY
0
To be human means to search for a greater purpose in life other than mere survival.
Ana
- Ana, Maryland
0
We have the ability to make- beer! No other species can do that. *cheers*
Eureka
- Eureka, Malaysia
0
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
5
the ability to communicate with language
zoran
- zoran, sydney
0
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
The empty meaning of being a human can be as full as you want it to be. Life is your dictionary.
SSN
- SSN , Madrid, Spain
0
Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
1
It means to be able to participate in the creative process of evolution.
Tada Gunter
- Tada Gunter, Livonia, Michigan
0
medicine wheel secret garden
To Wonder, Play, Learn, Know, Sing, Dance, Wander, Love, Be Silent, Revere, Weep, Un-Know, Grow, Die, Grow, Wonder...
Michael
- Michael, Blue Ridge Highlands, VA
1
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
To BE Human is to Love. To simply and wholly Love.
Jacob
- Jacob, Kentucky
0
To be HUMAN comes at a cost - BE HUMANE! we need to be THE most responsible species around.
Dr. Poonam Upadhyaya
- Dr. Poonam Upadhyaya, Agra, India
0
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
Being human being smart, We aren't tougher then other animals. Without tools, symbolic language, way of thinking ect. we would've died out.
Daniel Joseph Marchand
- Daniel Joseph Marchand, Waterville, ME
5
Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
5
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
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
We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
5
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
to be human means to stick together keep are earth clean come as one and be gods children no matter what you belive in
lynn
- lynn, atlanta,georgia
5