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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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Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
Being human is much more than survive, is the need to understand, learn and create.
Axel Vargas
- Axel Vargas, Mexico
0
Being human means that you have to be annoying, aggressive and sly to live.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Cheon
0
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
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
Humans are able to create ideas to advance themselves, use reason to come to a decision, and be conscious of the society around them.
David
- David, Portland, OR
0
The power to reason and make a choice
Timothy mantlow
- Timothy mantlow, Springfield Tn
2
To wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
3
formar parte de una rama evolutiva animal llamada homínidos.
encarnación
- encarnación, españa
0
It means the ability to contemplate the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Pat Best
- Pat Best, Canada
1
To have imagination, a sense of humour and be able to lie. But most importantly, to take care of eachother.
Lena Holst
- Lena Holst, Göteborg, Sweden
0
to be concious, acquiring new knowledges from experiences lived or shared through language by others.
Daniel Israel
- Daniel Israel, Brazil
0
What it means to be human is language.
Kelson
- Kelson, USA
0
to be able to have coomon sense, some sort of religion, abstract thinking abilities, and an ability of speech
john phillips
- john phillips, st.louis
0
To be human is to have the power to devastate and deplete our resources but also the power to choose to care and conserve instead
Casandra
- Casandra, Chicago
0
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
When your human it means to be a mammal.A mammal has warm blood instead of cold blood like reptiles.Also humans are very intelligent.
Brad Cary
- Brad Cary, U.S.A
0
to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
Being human, is being able to love and hate,to have complicated thoughts and Ideas, but most of all, being able to love.
Bradley
- Bradley, Texas
1
To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
5
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
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
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
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
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
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 live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5