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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 a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
It means your a homo sapien
name
- name, everywhere
0
To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
1
To have the ability to record thoughts, history and ideas.
James
- James, Maryland
1
i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
0
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
To Be Human is to live a life of consciousness.
Duran Dior Sharp
- Duran Dior Sharp, Newport Beach, CA
0
It means we have the responsibility to take better care of each other, the planet, and the other species.
Ed Meyers
- Ed Meyers, Washington, DC
1
To be capable of understanding and deciding, "What it means to be human."
Taylor Vendetta
- Taylor Vendetta, Cape May, New Jersey
2
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 sentient of your surroundings. Also, to be rational.
Kara
- Kara, Colorado
0
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
4
To be human is to be AWESOME!!!!!! for example MEEEEE
Eric Nakamoto
- Eric Nakamoto, Culver City, CAlifornia
0
Being human means that one has emotions towards oneself or another.
Dylan Deshler
- Dylan Deshler, Washington, D.C
2
It means the ability to contemplate the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Pat Best
- Pat Best, Canada
1
Of belonging to a homo sapeins
abiodun emmanuel
- abiodun emmanuel , lagos
0
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
Being human means having complex emotions and thoughts and knowing how to express them.
Dylan
- Dylan, Belleville,Il
0
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
5
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
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