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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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Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
1
To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
0
Being a human is a chance to be proud!Don't miss that chance, because when you've miss it, you'll never got it back again!
Phuong Tran Nam
- Phuong Tran Nam, Hanoi, Vietnam
0
We control the future of all life on Earth, including that of our species. We have the collective capacity to thrive or perish.
Howard
- Howard, Pittsford, New York
0
To be put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
0
it means to eat, drink and work towards survival of your gene pool.
lynn
- lynn, winchester, va
1
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
To be human is To speak or not; To ask why and impose the answer; To see what has have done and shed a tear; To do it not or even more.
Pauline Steinmeyer
- Pauline Steinmeyer, Warren, PA USA
0
Experiencing life in a way that allows us to create culture and adapt our environment to .our needs.
Daniel F. Giallombardo
- Daniel F. Giallombardo, Harvard, IL
0
A human must walk upright, use tools, possess larger/more complex brains than other species, and use some form of communication.
Reid Jarvis
- Reid Jarvis, Springfield MO.
0
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
It means having the ability to ask this sort of questions.
N.
- N., Gothenburg, Sweden
0
To care for others both weaker and stronger than you, even those beyond our species.
Rai Kisaragi
- Rai Kisaragi, Japan
0
Being Human means thinking, evaluating, planning, supporting, caring, loving, remembering, empathizing, showing courage, and improving.
Peggy V.
- Peggy V., East Dundee, Illinois
0
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
Humans are animals with something more, something we can't even comprehend, that makes us able to question and understand.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Amherst, MA
1
To reflect upon what it means to be human and share that with others via music, stories, poems, pictures, electrons, and Voyager spacecraft
JB Cassel
- JB Cassel, Richmond VA USA
5
Humans perform altruistic acts without apparent benefit, and are less hairy than a typical mammal.
Fred Whiteman
- Fred Whiteman, Albuquerque, NM
5
To be human is to learn and build off knowledge from present and deceased generations. Essentially, to have continuous growth in thought.
Paul
- Paul, University of Maryland, College Park
0
To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
2
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
To sing.
Colette
- Colette, Potomac, MD
5
To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
5
We wonder where we came from. We wonder if there is anyone else like us anywhere.
Linda Kuczwanski
- Linda Kuczwanski, Oklahoma City, OK
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
5
Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
To be human is to use our brain to evolve beyond our 600 million years of animal past and become part of a sustainable mosaic of life.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh, North Carolina
5
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
We can make our ideas become reality.
Leasa
- Leasa, Vineland, NJ
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
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
to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
To imagine the impossible
Anaf
- Anaf, Bethesda, MD
5
To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
5