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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 believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
That we should be consious of the vulnerability of our homeplanet and the lifeforms that are on it.
rob van der vlugt
- rob van der vlugt, holland
2
To be human is to not be entirely influenced by instinctual emotions, but also by the light of reason.
John
- John, GA
1
it means we are the superior beings on this giant planet.
ashlee righter
- ashlee righter, philadelphia
0
Being human is to be an individual person, you don't need to be like others or fit in, you have to be your self.
Harambe
- Harambe, Australia
0
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
0
Being human means to be capable of adapting to environment faster then other species, using intellect rather then pure genetics.
Isabel Kireeff
- Isabel Kireeff , São Paulo, Brazil
0
What all humans have in common is that we can control fire, make and use tools, and use complex speech. These are things that only humans do
Luis
- Luis, Phoenix
0
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
To have the duty to glorify the God through worship. To trust IN HIM; rather than to trust in man's fallible, unproven theories.
Josiah
- Josiah, USA
0
Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
0
To be human is to find meaning in the things unknown and the things unseen.
Alice
- Alice, New Zealand
0
Being able to understand why I have the instincts I do and reject those which are unhelpful.
Helen
- Helen, London
0
To understand and practice compassion
Savi Goonasekera Swick
- Savi Goonasekera Swick, Unknown
1
Think, talk, feel, express
Miguel
- Miguel , Mexico
0
To be like most apes, but a little more curious and a little more stylish in a fedora.
Pat
- Pat, East Lansing
0
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
Me
- Me, Here
0
to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
You are able to walk on two feet and use collective learning in order to gain an understanding of different perspectives.
Issy
- Issy, Sydney
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
To have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
5
to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
5
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
To know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
5