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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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i think only this "sharing of emotion" is the meaning of being a human.
sasan
- sasan, iran
2
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
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
Being human means asking the question: "What does it mean to be human?" and then spending the rest of your existence seeking the answer.
Tina Sena
- Tina Sena, Massachusettes
0
It means to have a conscience about when you did something wrong so that you can fix it or at least try too.
Kyndell
- Kyndell, Missouri
0
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
0
To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
5
To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
0
To be human is to think, especially to question: from “Why did I do that?” to “Why are we here?” No other species lives on this 2nd level.
Ryan
- Ryan, Albuquerque, NM
4
To be fearful
Valerie Perez
- Valerie Perez, Portland, OR
0
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
To be human means to bring about positive change with our large brain capacity and to help and love others
Madison
- Madison, British Columbia
0
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5
A human is curious, creative, adaptable, and also closed minded and submissive of the new; in other words humans are self contradictory.
bruce
- bruce, mendocino
0
To have the ability to differentiate your actions and consequences.
Jon
- Jon, Maryland
1
To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
0
To be made in the image of God and loved unconditionally
Eric
- Eric, Metz, France
0
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
5
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
5
To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
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
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
5
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
5
It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5