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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 means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
to be human is to be intelligent, to have a larger brain, to have sences, and to walk upright.
Alexzandria Mitchell
- Alexzandria Mitchell, Springfield Renaissance School, MA
0
a mammal who got a large brain relative to body size, uses tools, communicates, and is aware of his/her existence. (self-recognition)
Abed
- Abed, Iran
0
To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
5
The weak DID inherit the earth. Humans have no natural defenses, no claws or sharp teeth, yet we rule over all that we survey.
Richard m Rossi II
- Richard m Rossi II, Providence, RI
1
It means that you have the ability to see touch smell feel or taste all the wonders God has given us
Ademola Adegbemigun
- Ademola Adegbemigun, Bronx ny
1
To be human is to be social and, in our society, extend beyond the limits of individuality to live as the knowing of a culture.
Kaleb Smith
- Kaleb Smith, Ishpeming, MI
4
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
Being human means being called human by others you recognize as being like yourself.
Mute
- Mute, New England
0
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
Helpful and Hurtful Unique Magnificent and monstrous Amazing and awful Never predictable
Anjali Gupta
- Anjali Gupta, California
0
to be on top of the world food chain and to fight for our rights and live together in peace
me
- me, nc
0
alway look for more. more KNOWLEDGE, more answers, etc....human curiosity!!!
Alejandro
- Alejandro, Viña del Mar, Chile
0
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
0
To make the most out if the one life you have. To gain true knowledge and share it with the world for the advancement of civilization.
Will Dickerson
- Will Dickerson, Piedmont, South Carolina
0
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
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5