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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 means that we're above and more powerful than all of the other animals.
Tyler
- Tyler, Waterville, Me
1
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
That we make and control fire. We owe our species' development to fire, most distinctively-fundamentally speaking.
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
2
To be a human is to be able to realize that we are not perfect, make mistakes, but at the end learn from those mistakes and not repeat it
Jeny
- Jeny, Torrance, CA
0
being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
0
We have an innate drive to follow our intellect, will, and passions.
Holly
- Holly, USA
0
The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
0
the ability to change the world
Lizzy Case
- Lizzy Case, Downingtown, PA
5
That we are capable of making a mistake!
Salty dog
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
0
To have the ability to recognize our own image and feel judgment towards it.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, NC
0
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
5
<--- Me as a Homo floresiensis
To wonder what we would have looked like 95,000 to 17,000 years ago.
Christina
- Christina , Chicago, IL
1
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
To be rad
sawwg killer
- sawwg killer, your mom
0
To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
0
use and manufacture tools, have a sense of community, have opposable thumbs, and be bipedal. also have a more developed frontal lobe.
Noa the Sapien Sapien
- Noa the Sapien Sapien, San Diego, CA
5
To think we are a god but not actually be one.
Melissa
- Melissa, Delta
4
Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
0
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
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
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
5
To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
be born, contribute/improve mother earth, discover, reproduce.
adrian
- adrian, florida
5
When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5