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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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Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
5
To be able to reflect on what you know and feel
George McCarthy
- George McCarthy, Austin, Texas
0
Humans' bodies can change size & shape depending on the environment. Using their bodies, humans can innovate tools, changing the world.
MBAK
- MBAK, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
It means your a homo sapien
name
- name, everywhere
0
To just be you and enjoy life
matthew
- matthew, Astoria, OR
0
To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
5
Being a human is the key to survival, to speak your own language and to connect with other humans.
Rabia Mohammadi
- Rabia Mohammadi, Philadelphia, PA
0
A semi-hairless primate with just enough theory of mind to feel guilty about being an animal...
Jonathan
- Jonathan , Asheville, NC
0
To be a human means to live your life like a true animal in society
Perry
- Perry, India
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
Being human means knowing that other possibilities can happen.
Heather
- Heather , Arizona
0
To use eating utencils... some of the time
Meghan
- Meghan, Alexandria, VA
1
The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
5
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5
the human species is the most intelligent species in the world.
ANDREW
- ANDREW, PHOENIX,ARIZONA
0
Two things: Hand with opposable thumb, and the HABITUAL upright striding gait. Big brains, tool making, morals and civilization came later.
Charles F Stembridge
- Charles F Stembridge, Oregon, USA
0
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
Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
5
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
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
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
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
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
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
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
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5