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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 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 be a human is to have working organisms
Jez
- Jez, Whitehorse
0
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
Modern human - the only species on Earth in conflict with Earth's natural world. Capable of abstract thinking and partially self-aware.
Veronika
- Veronika, Austria
0
Humans are the only animal in the world that fear death and can imagine.
Barry Morris
- Barry Morris, Corpus Christi
0
Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
0
To be human is to be able to play god, we are able to give life, make life and take life away.
andrew shely
- andrew shely, New York
1
Maybe 100% Homo sapiens. Or is it 97.5% Homo sapiens & 2.5% Neanderthal. Or may be 92.5% Homo sapiens, 2.5% Neanderthal, & 5% Denisovan?
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
4
Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
1
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 do good and evil deeds.
helis
- helis, ca
0
To be human you must be driven by ego instead of nature. To be human you must ask why. To be human you can never be satisfied.
Robert Dombroski
- Robert Dombroski, North Plainfield, NJ
0
The ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
1
To have the responsability to protect the planet and to make a more enjoyable life to all
Hector Rubio
- Hector Rubio , Chihuahua, Mexico
0
I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
5
To be a human means to understand the power we have over our ecosystem and the consequences that a negative decision can make.
Robin A
- Robin A, Fayetteville
0
To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
0
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
5
To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
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
To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
5
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5
To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5