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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 means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
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To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
5
It means that you can wonder about what it means to be human
Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson
- Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson, Israel
4
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
a human being is an organism capable of breeding with other human beings in order to produce fertile offspring
Christopher Arendt
- Christopher Arendt, Unknown
1
Cogito ergo sum.
Johan Mathiesen
- Johan Mathiesen, Oregon
0
Being human means to communicate socially with your peers using language and symbols to innovate as well as change the world day by day.
LHKAIA
- LHKAIA, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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to connect your mind with the minds of all the human species.
Anfal m.
- Anfal m., Arabia
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To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
5
To be able to think in terms of the abstract. That is, to speak, do art, math, etc. It is also the desire to understand our environment.
Jay
- Jay, Canada
0
I think being human means being an individual and not having someone like you. Unique, is another word I would use to describe being human.
Dalila Solorio
- Dalila Solorio, Lake Elsinore , California
0
To be egotistical enough to think you have the right to recreate the environment instead of living in it.
David
- David, Dallas
0
Humans have the ability to learn, problem-solve, recognize a different perspective and to create new thoughts….all at the same time.
Scott
- Scott, Montana
0
One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
5
human, in my eyes, is just the unique-ness of every one and every thing, and having the ability to notice.
"Lizard"
- "Lizard", "Seal"
0
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
To eventually understand that all of our fellow humans are of equal worth and value. Inequality is thus inhuman.
A Human
- A Human, Planet Earth
0
To be Human is to constantly seek meaning in the world around us, and trying to understand our purpose in this universe.
Katelin
- Katelin, CA, USA
0
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
5
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
5
To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
5
To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
Humans perform altruistic acts without apparent benefit, and are less hairy than a typical mammal.
Fred Whiteman
- Fred Whiteman, Albuquerque, NM
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
5
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5