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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 is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
1
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
0
...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
2
to be human is to have complex thought, question life, participate in society, empathize and to use tools and language.
Brittney
- Brittney , Ottawa
0
Being human means everything transcends so every part of you may shine but from race to race you still have to workout to keep moving.
M
- M, Arizona
0
To be human is to try to figure out what makes us different from everything else.
Alana B
- Alana B , Honolulu, HI
3
it means to be an evolution of animals and as we evolved we improved and improved and are smart
Liam
- Liam, Einfield
0
To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
2
Homo Sapiens: A creature with intelligence advanced enough to observe itself.
Hmg
- Hmg, India
0
To be human you must be driven by ego instead of nature. To be human you must ask why. To be human you can never be satisfied.
Robert Dombroski
- Robert Dombroski, North Plainfield, NJ
0
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
5
the ability to change the world
Lizzy Case
- Lizzy Case, Downingtown, PA
5
To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
0
To be human is to realize that the world, the universe is much much bigger than whats around you. To use imagination and to think.
Gavin Alward
- Gavin Alward, Port Angeles, Washington
2
You make mistakes, take risk and learn from your mistakes. Humans have emotions and are forgetful.
Jada Oakes
- Jada Oakes, Washington, D.C
0
Being human means being able to understand and choose between right and wrong, good or evil.
Anton
- Anton, Woodburn
0
Create and share stories.
Bella
- Bella, Indonesia
0
Pic of me feeding baby raccoon
Caring, compassion, nurturing, similiar yet different, intelligent, in God's likeness w/great capacity for love; the positive aspects.
Wendy
- Wendy, Grand Blanc, Michigan
1
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
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
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
5
To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
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
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5