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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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Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
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Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
0
To be Human, is to be conscious of a self, aware he is conscious and wonder about it and wants to know what it is
Balasubramanian
- Balasubramanian, India
2
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
our desire for meaning and eternity makes us what we are- human that is.
emmalyn
- emmalyn, Manila, Philippines
1
To have certain characteristics that no other primate shows.
Bernard Niesen
- Bernard Niesen, Los Angeles, California
0
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
sgreco
- sgreco, earth
0
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
5
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
0
To be HUMAN is to understand the intrinsic role, nature, music and art plays in the social evolution of the self !
Hilina Berhanu
- Hilina Berhanu, Europe
0
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
Humans evolved so that one day we can learn the truth revealed by the present.
Towlie
- Towlie, Alaska
0
To live in a finite world and contemplate infinity.
Mark T
- Mark T, Worcester, MA
1
Large brains, opposable thumbs, and the ability to kill at a distance
Warren Norton
- Warren Norton, Massillon, Ohio
0
Descent
To be a bilateral chordate deuterostome mammalian primate monkey. To be human means to belong to the clade of Homo and all of the above.
Dennis Kalkhoran
- Dennis Kalkhoran, Denmark, Nykøbing Falster 4800 Parkvej 701tv
1
near the end of a long line
Denis
- Denis, floreda
0
To be an animal that developed art
Andro
- Andro, Nekić
0
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
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
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
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
to be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
Humans perform altruistic acts without apparent benefit, and are less hairy than a typical mammal.
Fred Whiteman
- Fred Whiteman, Albuquerque, NM
5
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
5
Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
5
Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5