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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 have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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to be a human is to walk up straight ,to live life to its fullest.
ANTHONY AND BRANDON
- ANTHONY AND BRANDON, MASS
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I don't think there is a set meaning to being human we all are different and think different things, being different from others
Kayla
- Kayla, Idaho
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To be HUMAN is to experience LIFE with the awareness of TIME. To fulfil one's potential as a HUMAN is to live with Kindness and Wisdom.
Michou
- Michou, England, UK
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to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
to have a conscience
dominique
- dominique , las vegas
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To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
5
have more advanced cognitive skills able to reason
shania
- shania, washington state
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exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
5
Human is the most fragile organic species in the world
marcos
- marcos, paraguay
3
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
We are the species that tells stories.
Dave Luckett
- Dave Luckett, Western Australia
1
Being human means developing complex cultures, religion, and being bipedal which gives room for a complex brain structure.
Kristopher Krohn
- Kristopher Krohn, Mesa, Arizona
0
It means to dream big and fly high, but remembering to be grounded.
Konal S
- Konal S , Roosevelt HS, Portland Oregon.
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Being a bi-pedal terrestrial mammal.
Gary Baxel
- Gary Baxel, Joshua Tree, CA
0
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
5
To have the ability to transcend our basic needs and feel for others in selfless manners and act on those motives: love.
Jonathan Hall
- Jonathan Hall, Chicago, Illinois
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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 feel, love, create, conquer, and believe.
Ty
- Ty, Astoria, Oregon
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Being human being smart, We aren't tougher then other animals. Without tools, symbolic language, way of thinking ect. we would've died out.
Daniel Joseph Marchand
- Daniel Joseph Marchand, Waterville, ME
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
5
We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
5
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
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 human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
5
To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
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
We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
5
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
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 be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
5
being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5