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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 have every characteristics discerning human from any other species close or far different from humans.
Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo
- Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo, Nigeria
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To care deeply about the well being others and be willing to do what ever is necessary to protect and nurture those we care about.
Tom Hunnicutt
- Tom Hunnicutt, Mt. Shasta, California
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To be human means to use your brain, love, talk, socialize as well as share life and soul with other people.
VKAMEG
- VKAMEG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human means to act irrationally and blame it on anything or anyone other than ourselves.
Chris
- Chris, Carbondale, IL
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it means to have a bipeded
jaisen
- jaisen, wright midlle school
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To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
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To be conscious of our consciousness
Arthur Frank
- Arthur Frank, Amsterdam
4
Andromeda galaxie
Language, imagination, problem solving, curiosity, creativity, self importance, ego, society, childhood dependency, adult immaturity.
Steve
- Steve, DC
3
To be a bipedal primate. To be aware and intelligent. To teach, create, destroy, and have complex communication. But to not be so different.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wade
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Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
0
Human is the only one who asks " where I am from and is there anything for me after I die ?. Answer - No...human is just space dust...
Behzad
- Behzad , Melbourne, Australia
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Being human in mortality means to be able to become like our Father in Heaven.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Texas
1
To be human is to be unique and be individual since it can divide the true understanding of two different people's true strength.
Jack Tan
- Jack Tan, Blackburn High School Blackburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3130
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To be human means to have intelligence and faith in yourself and others
Alizet
- Alizet, Sprinfield,MA
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The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
5
to still be animal, but stand out among them.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
4
To live as Jesus walked
Reuben Rinaldi
- Reuben Rinaldi, Downing town, Pa
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Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
Having complex systems to perform specific functions. To say in short, to be a "Homo sapien-sapien"
Shamma
- Shamma, Maldives
1
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
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 ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
5
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
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 be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
To have the ability to love and be loved despite knowledge and understanding of flaws and failures.
Mom
- Mom, Dacula, GA
5
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
5
With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
5
The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5