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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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It means that you are an animal with senses for survival.
Rachelle Robinson
- Rachelle Robinson, Md
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to have an imagination unlike the Neanderthals who had no need in the cold climate during the ice age
jon
- jon, Albert Lea, MN
0
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
5
To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
0
To be human means to walk on two feet, communicate with others, using tools, using your brain, and having a social life.
Jenna Jones
- Jenna Jones, England
0
To be Human means that we have the right to learn about, to care and watch over, the organisms around us.
Jonathan
- Jonathan, Corona
0
Having the capability to think rationally and share feelings with other humans
Mary Frank
- Mary Frank, Richland College
0
Art, imagination, environmental alteration, connection, emotion, cognition, and purposeful creation and destruction all define being human.
Anthony Z
- Anthony Z, Maryland
0
It means to have a conscience about when you did something wrong so that you can fix it or at least try too.
Kyndell
- Kyndell, Missouri
0
Becoming a new "Creator" on the block. Maturity will be essential to future survival of life, and achieve cosmic evolutionary survival.
E.Lemarchands
- E.Lemarchands, International
0
Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
0
We can grow and change. We can create and invent. Humans are also the only species that are dangerous to their own existence.
Gwendolyn
- Gwendolyn , Brookline, MA
0
Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
0
being human means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
0
Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
0
Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Torrance
0
To be human is to be aware of our individuality and mortality and to desperately seek meaning in our brief existence.
Daniel Cox
- Daniel Cox, Sacramento, CA
0
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
4
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
5
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
We knowingly over-use and destroy our resources, and do nothing.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5