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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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Large brains, opposable thumbs, and the ability to kill at a distance
Warren Norton
- Warren Norton, Massillon, Ohio
0
To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
5
To make the most out if the one life you have. To gain true knowledge and share it with the world for the advancement of civilization.
Will Dickerson
- Will Dickerson, Piedmont, South Carolina
0
To be a human is to be able to think critically and act according to it; to learn and discover things around us; and to live and enjoy life.
Jeanalyn
- Jeanalyn, Illinois
4
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
To be human is to be curious, smart, and above all able to communicate.
Jacob
- Jacob, Portland, OR
0
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
to be human is to have sympathy and empathy: while not to be human is to not to have any
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA, USA
1
It is the ability to share who you think you are and what you have done with your friends and family.
Bruce Gangnath
- Bruce Gangnath, Fallbrook, Ca
0
To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
0
To use critical thinking skills.
Tracy
- Tracy, Ohio
0
to be one step closer to GOD!
PHILEMON
- PHILEMON, CAPE TOWN, SPUTH AFRICA
0
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
Humans are land based organisms which rely on powerful inventions, elaborate plans, and fellowship. They perform scientific investigations.
Philip Moseman
- Philip Moseman, Omaha, NE
0
Soon we'll become something else, as those before us.We share with the universe, expanding beyond our comprehension so dance & make music
Bo Svoronos
- Bo Svoronos, Melbourne, Australia
0
Being human is so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
0
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
To have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
5
it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
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
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5