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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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Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
adaption,tools,fire,bipedalism,disconnected from our true home and nature,expressing emotion in extremes,surpassing nature
me
- me, usa
1
Knows how to use tools and how to make tools
Elaine
- Elaine, Maryland
3
It means that I am not a cow. or a pig. Or even a sheep, a dog, a potato, an octopus. Not even a brussell sprout. Wow. Incredible.
Laugh Out-Loud
- Laugh Out-Loud, Cape Foul Wind, New Zealand
0
being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
5
The ability to decide to control our emotions and reactions to stimulus or let them control us.
Bruce
- Bruce, Shenandoah Valley, VA
0
To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
0
Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
0
To be human gives us the opportunity to practise humanity. And the freedom to stuff it up.
Pixelwarrior
- Pixelwarrior, Tasmania, Australia
0
...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
2
To learn more about the world than what is needed to survive. To explore for the sake of exploration.
Joe Keiper
- Joe Keiper, Martinsville, VA
0
We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
5
Humans' bodies can change size & shape depending on the environment. Using their bodies, humans can innovate tools, changing the world.
MBAK
- MBAK, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
Being human is a gift.
Natalie Kristine
- Natalie Kristine, Buenos Aires, Earth
1
He chooses the way of his life and the way of his manner according to sensations and emotions,but rarely he thinks! So he is a human!
Masoud Masserrat
- Masoud Masserrat, Iran
0
being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
0
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
Homo Sapiens
Jorge
- Jorge, Argentina
0
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
5
to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
5
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
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
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 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
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
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 feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
5
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5