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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 your ability to socialize with others and learn information from others to use to your benefit.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, Oregon
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To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
smart ,dominate, to, speak, advandce, different, body ,structers, less, hairy, religious
Justin Marshall
- Justin Marshall, springfield renaissance school
0
To be human is to having a higher understanding of what is going on in the world around you.
Jessica Cruz
- Jessica Cruz, Chicago, IL
3
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
5
An Animal, who enough dare to think
Vinod
- Vinod, India
0
to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
5
To be loved and love with all your heart
Karen
- Karen, philippines
0
To be able to think critically about ourselves
Maurizio
- Maurizio, Bologna
0
It means being able to peek into the source code of life.
Giulia O.
- Giulia O., Ferrara, Italy
1
being human is he best ever thing ever existed in the existence of life. being human means everything, it's the best thing God ever created.
Prude
- Prude, BAGUIO
0
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
Maybe humans aren't primates...Maybe primates are humans.
Jade Starr Davis
- Jade Starr Davis, Pa,USA
0
To think, to feel to have empathy, to want more for your children than for yourself
Gavin Brannan
- Gavin Brannan, Mississippi
0
To have a written language and the ability to communicate through words and symbols. To be tame yet animalistic when necessary.
Alva Peguero
- Alva Peguero, San Diego, CA
0
To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be greedy, our greatest weakness. To think...To dream...To love
DoubleH
- DoubleH, Canada
0
Being a human means serving God and no one else.
Jessica
- Jessica, London
1
To be burdened and blessed with consciousness. Torn between reason and instinct, fear and hope.
Richard
- Richard , Sussex UK
0
Being human means sharing more genetic & phenotypic characteristics with the Homo sapiens metapopulation than with any other species.
Paolo
- Paolo, London
0
To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
5
To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
5
use and manufacture tools, have a sense of community, have opposable thumbs, and be bipedal. also have a more developed frontal lobe.
Noa the Sapien Sapien
- Noa the Sapien Sapien, San Diego, CA
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
Being human is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
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
You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
5
what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
5
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
5
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
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5