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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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To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
It means that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
Torrance
- Torrance , CA
0
To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
0
To attempt questions like this.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, Michigan
4
To evolve.
Cynthia
- Cynthia, Mesa, AZ
0
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
It means your a homo sapien
name
- name, everywhere
0
to be able to walk up right and to be able to talk
jonzam
- jonzam, spring field
0
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
0
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
It means you like to screw up nature and destroy the world it means you over cut down trees it means you have an ego the size of the sun
Chace Anthony
- Chace Anthony, Hiroshima Japan
0
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5
Maybe humans aren't primates...Maybe primates are humans.
Jade Starr Davis
- Jade Starr Davis, Pa,USA
0
All humans aren't perfect, you learn from your mistakes and problems. Each individual has their own unique quality.
Andrew C
- Andrew C, Roosevelt High School Portland Or.
0
Imagine the possibilities, set goals to realize them, then share with others in various communication modes.
Janet Podolak
- Janet Podolak, Mentor, Ohio
3
To be HUMAN is to experience LIFE with the awareness of TIME. To fulfil one's potential as a HUMAN is to live with Kindness and Wisdom.
Michou
- Michou, England, UK
0
To be like most apes, but a little more curious and a little more stylish in a fedora.
Pat
- Pat, East Lansing
0
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 be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
5
To know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
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
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
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
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 have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
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
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5