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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 human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
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Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
to dream outside our present abilities, then make them possible for the future generations.
shane
- shane, kentucky
0
part of this earth arising from it, and able to look out with awe and wonder
Hugh matheson
- Hugh matheson, Kenora ON
0
Being human means to have the ability of walking on two legs and to think creatively for all situations that appear.
noah
- noah, Springfield Renaissance school
0
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
Flawed. Destructive. Creative. Self-Aware. Self-Concious. Dumb. Smart. Good. Bad. Self-important and self-demeaning. Lost. Confused
Kelly
- Kelly, Ohio
5
How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
0
To be human is to search inside for the knowledge that already exists. It's to realize that you are your own creator.
Julia
- Julia, San Francisco
0
Walking upright, making & using tools, the use of fire, language & symbolic thinking, art & use of jewellery, barter & trade
Andy Bryson
- Andy Bryson, South Africa
0
Being human is to be an individual person, you don't need to be like others or fit in, you have to be your self.
Harambe
- Harambe, Australia
0
It means to be created in God's image, but imperfect.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Pennsylvania
0
It mean to be thankful for all the things you get from your parents. You can be able to grab things and hold things.
freddy
- freddy, woodburn
0
We determine our fate and destiny. We explore what our minds can understand. Then we must do what we can to contribute to the whole...
Jeremy Pauhl
- Jeremy Pauhl, Hamilton, Canada
0
To be human means to communicate, risk everything to survive, create new tools and relationships, as well as overcome the Earth.
AHALRL
- AHALRL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
Being Human means thinking, evaluating, planning, supporting, caring, loving, remembering, empathizing, showing courage, and improving.
Peggy V.
- Peggy V., East Dundee, Illinois
0
Homo sapiens is the binomial nomenclature for the only extant human species. Homo is the human genus.
Jake
- Jake, VA
0
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
It means to be able to participate in the creative process of evolution.
Tada Gunter
- Tada Gunter, Livonia, Michigan
0
life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
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 human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
to know how to think and be able to change
maria
- maria, portugal
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
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 is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
5
We make mistakes and learn from them. We create new ideas. We have to grow and learn step by step, how to live and act.
Megan N.
- Megan N., Roosevelt High School
5
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
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
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