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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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Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
0
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
formar parte de una rama evolutiva animal llamada homínidos.
encarnación
- encarnación, españa
0
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
0
To be human means to accept one's own action both good and bad and live to learn from them.
Alex Fregoso
- Alex Fregoso, Canada
0
To seek, for what you do not already know may be the most important for the future
Anyone you seek
- Anyone you seek, anywhere you seek
0
To be human is to be imperfect. We make mistakes, but from those mistakes we make new discoveries.
Chelcy Calloway
- Chelcy Calloway, Washington DC
0
to be made in the image of God the being who spoke stars into existence
kelsey
- kelsey, virginia
0
Being able to express yourself in more that 140 characters.
Wanemego
- Wanemego, Johnson
1
We are the only animals with a conscience, so we must insure that we treat our fellow human beings and other animals kindly.
George
- George, London,England,UK
0
To create and destroy
Paul
- Paul, Houston
0
i think to be human means that we are capable of discovering new inventions of out own.
LUKE HEMMINGS
- LUKE HEMMINGS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
0
To be Human is to be able to ask the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Krishna
- Krishna , Denmark
0
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
I think being human is to be curious. In the past and in the presents humans have always wanted to learn and find out more.
Greg Andrews
- Greg Andrews, Australia
0
To be human means to grow our thinking. We store info so we can dedicate time to find new information, helping us evolve our surroundings.
GBMBTP
- GBMBTP, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
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
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
5
To be Human means to experience. Since we are the sum of our memories, the more we can experience, the more Human we can become.
Russell Senior
- Russell Senior, Detroit, MI
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
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 human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
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
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
5
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
5
To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
Forwardly looking with curiosity and wonder.
To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
5
To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5