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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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It means that we're above and more powerful than all of the other animals.
Tyler
- Tyler, Waterville, Me
1
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
Humans are a social community that use language and sounds to communicate and are continually changing the world.
JV
- JV, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
To be aware of the Creator who made us through this marvelous process of evolution
Jerry
- Jerry, Seattle
0
Being human is how we evolved. Our DNA ≈98% similar to chimpanzees but we have further evolved the characteristics that define humans.
Dana
- Dana, Portland, OR
0
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 wonder and dream.
David Lamar Jones
- David Lamar Jones, Austell Georgia
0
With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
5
To see your place in the world and realise that it's so much bigger than you
B.
- B., Oxford
0
To look at the cosmos and wonder what is out there/
De'Adrian
- De'Adrian, Virginia
1
In order to be a human one must feel a variety of emotions, have flaws, and have a desire to grow.
Allison
- Allison, Oregon
0
Means to be one of the most adaptiv creature on the Earth, to be in a permanent evolution and single animal capable to lie very well
GeoMatei
- GeoMatei, Bucharest, Romania
0
To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
0
To have the presence of mind to ask questions about our origins with logic, reason minus a magical view of the universe.
Hal
- Hal, Canada
0
live, breathe, know people, and survive.
Seamus
- Seamus , Murphy
0
for if we fail we try again untill we prevail
jazz matthews-wood
- jazz matthews-wood, melbourne australia
0
it means to be free . to be able to explore to learn important info.
zeleny
- zeleny, merced
0
To be the best people in the whole entire universe. And to also fool our family's traits and customs
Jaffrey
- Jaffrey, Duluth, MN
0
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
5
Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
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
What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
5
To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
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 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 have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
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 means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
the ability to change the world
Lizzy Case
- Lizzy Case, Downingtown, PA
5
humans are the only animal that believes it should be happy, all the other animals can just be happy.
Shaun Wilson
- Shaun Wilson, christchurch NZ
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
5