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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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It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
- gianni, new york
To be human is to change the environment to oneself rather than to change according to the environment. In short, it is to cheat nature.
Matthew Borders
- Matthew Borders, Georgia
What it means to me to be human is to do the things that interest you. You only have one life so why not do the things you want to do?
Bryan Lomeli
- Bryan Lomeli, Torrance, CA
It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
- Josh, Astoria,OR
An intelligent species gifted with ability to observe, think and analyse the diversities of mother nature to recognize his Creator.
shakeel jamal
- shakeel jamal, arlington texas USA
To love, to destroy and to wander
Grace Metcalfe
- Grace Metcalfe, Leeds,West Yorkshire, England
Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
- Me, Here
Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
To use social skills, be able to use our brain for complex uses, and creating, and/or using tools for a better and easier human life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
To be compassionate and cognitive. A sentient being with frightining knowledge and apocalyptic capabilities.
- Jarrad, Roma, Queensland
it means to be not a neanderthal
- henry, cali
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
- Dolly, Virginia
we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
to know how to think and be able to change
- maria, portugal
To find the answer where do we come from and where do we go after life
- Edgar, Roosevelt High
To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
- Rachael, Australia
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
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
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
Humans perform altruistic acts without apparent benefit, and are less hairy than a typical mammal.
Fred Whiteman
- Fred Whiteman, Albuquerque, NM
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
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
- Rose, Ohio
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA