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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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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
3
To be human is to question.
David Masters
- David Masters, Kiev
0
Man is created in God's image to know God. Humans have 46 chromosomes. Gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans have 48.
Jim
- Jim, WI
1
To live a life, to make friends, to love one another and to have ups and downs.
Isabela, age 8
- Isabela, age 8, New York
0
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
5
being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
0
To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
5
it means to have certain values and be original
mishonda polk
- mishonda polk, 4912 monarch
1
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
0
To make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
0
To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
1
Being human means learning new things in life, understanding your feelings, other people feelings, and what you want to do in life.
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
0
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To condense profound thoughts into a maximum of 140 characters is becoming a key facet of being human.
TwitterAddict
- TwitterAddict, Lost in Thought
0
It means that we need to be smart enough to know that we don't have all the answers.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
0
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 means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
5
We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
5
To be human is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
5
To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
5
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
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 human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
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
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5