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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 aware; to have a large brain; to have language; to have precision hands; to have an iPad2; and to have the Internet.
Tom Woosnam
- Tom Woosnam, Estero, FL
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To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
0
being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
5
If you are living then you exist. If you are not living then you do not exist. If you do not exist you are nothing.
Kay
- Kay, Texas, USA
2
to be human is to have complex thought, question life, participate in society, empathize and to use tools and language.
Brittney
- Brittney , Ottawa
0
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
5
2 b the smartest most sophisticated species yet the dumbest & most savage. Our ego & belief of our superiority will be our downfall
Jen
- Jen, Santa Clarita
0
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
We’re not some "thing" but a 14.6 billion year “process” (of elements left alone to complexify). We’re the Universe expressed as a human.
E.David Garcia
- E.David Garcia, Arlington, Virginia, USA
0
Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
0
What differentiates us from Neanderthal is our trading habits. Humans are the only species that trade over larger geographical distances.
Reindert Daniels
- Reindert Daniels, The Netherlands
0
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
Being human means to be made in God's image not that of animals, and that we have the opportunity to see Him one day
Josh Clark
- Josh Clark, Asheville, North Carolina
0
Being a human means serving God and no one else.
Jessica
- Jessica, London
1
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
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
I don't know if humans are the only animals that can think about the future, but we're the only ones who can talk about it.
Gerry L
- Gerry L, Beaverton, OR
5
To be self-aware; to be aware of one's impending death; to worship a being greater than self.
Donna
- Donna, Murfreesboro, TN
5
Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
5
To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
5
It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
5
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
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 know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5