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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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I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5
To be descended from ancient primates millions of years ago.
lizzie collins
- lizzie collins, Belleville,IL
0
To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
3
To make register of things, by any means, drawing, writing, engraving. And to pass it generation after generation, through education.
Andre Catani
- Andre Catani, Valinhos, BRAZIL
0
To have the most gifted abilities over all creatures.
Chirstopher
- Chirstopher, Mesa,AZ
0
To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
5
Being human means to have the ability to speculate and experiment
Adithya Vegaraju
- Adithya Vegaraju, Redmond WA
0
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
1
to be human is to have an impact on the environment as no other biological species has done before or after
KDKxa
- KDKxa, Argentina
0
Andromeda galaxie
Language, imagination, problem solving, curiosity, creativity, self importance, ego, society, childhood dependency, adult immaturity.
Steve
- Steve, DC
3
The ability to actively pursue new ideas for the benefit of others
Robert J. Lewis Sr
- Robert J. Lewis Sr, Hemet, Ca
3
Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
5
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
To eventually understand that all of our fellow humans are of equal worth and value. Inequality is thus inhuman.
A Human
- A Human, Planet Earth
0
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
0
Cogito ergo sum.
Johan Mathiesen
- Johan Mathiesen, Oregon
0
To be human is to think and be aware of your thinking process. To be human is to respond and to calculate your responses.
Viqar. H
- Viqar. H, New York
0
Have your identity - co-relates to ancestors. Have social relationships-complex or not-based on your morals & social development.
Mai Kou Vang
- Mai Kou Vang, St. Cloud, MN
0
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
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 means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
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
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
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