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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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A bipedal primate with the ability to ask the question "who and what am I".
David L. Jones
- David L. Jones, Ga.
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It means to be able to work and cooperate together.
Sam
- Sam, Portland, OR
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The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
0
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
0
It means that you have the ability to see touch smell feel or taste all the wonders God has given us
Ademola Adegbemigun
- Ademola Adegbemigun, Bronx ny
1
To be human is to live in unison with your environment, not be controlled by it but not have too much control either.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, OR
0
TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
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To shape the world around us.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
0
To be human means to use our minds and instincs swell.
Benjamin Ryan
- Benjamin Ryan, Massachusettes, Springfield
0
To be self-aware; to be aware of one's impending death; to worship a being greater than self.
Donna
- Donna, Murfreesboro, TN
5
To share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
5
Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
0
Humans lived here for millions of years ago before us. Their brains, bodies, and walking skills have allowed us to be like this today.
Alejandro Juanillo
- Alejandro Juanillo, High Tech LA
0
To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
0
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
Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
Francesco
- Francesco, Italy
0
To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
0
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
To be different from one another, and to care for animals and humans.
Justin, Micheal
- Justin, Micheal, Astoria Or
0
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5
To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
5
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
If dogs like you and come up to you wagging their tails to be petted, then you are human. :)
RJE
- RJE, Potomac, MD
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
5
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5