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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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Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
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To be human is to be the most egotistical, self-absorbed, destructive, atrocity-committing species on the planet.
Steve Schlarb
- Steve Schlarb, Irving, Texas
0
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
To be alive and free to think, act, and experience life.
Hadley
- Hadley, North Carolina
0
Humans are complex beings who are spiritually connected and have their own thoughts and morals about the world around them.
Brooke
- Brooke, Astoria
0
To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
1
To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
0
To not only be able to ask, but to actively seek an answer to this question.
Josh
- Josh, UK
4
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
It means to dream big and fly high, but remembering to be grounded.
Konal S
- Konal S , Roosevelt HS, Portland Oregon.
0
Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
0
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
To be human is about wondering what makes me human, Haha!
Noam
- Noam, Paris, France
0
Humans can think beyond what can be seen, creating new ideas. Using them to change our evolutionary path and our surroundings.
Clinton Williams
- Clinton Williams, Golden horseshoe, Canada
0
To see in other people, thoughts and feeling just like our own.
Cole
- Cole, Abilene, TX
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
To know with understanding, and to care with tenderness, while not seeking recongnition.
DeVault
- DeVault, Hemingway, South Carolina
1
We use tools to create other tools
Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
0
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
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 able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
5
We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5