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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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i think it means to be human is to evolve
dsmith
- dsmith, altantes
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To paraphase Mark Twain: to be the only creature that blushes . . . or that needs to.
Diana M. H. Smith
- Diana M. H. Smith, Springfield, MO
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To be human is to be able to control your actions and desires to yearn certain things.
Sha'Lynn Howard
- Sha'Lynn Howard, springfield, Massachusetts
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it means that we are more advanced than monkeys
clorissa
- clorissa, new jersey
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
bacon and ipods
isaiahdawebb
- isaiahdawebb, lol not tellin
0
A human is a being that can walk upright and has the ability to think and create.
Ariana
- Ariana, Springfield, MA
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I Believe that Being able to adapt to all different environment is essential to Being human
David
- David, Portland, Or
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In China to be human is to get a good ATAR, but in Korea to be human is to win the League of Legends world cup. With love, from paper
paper
- paper, NEW SOUTH WHALES, AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, CREMONE
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it means that you walk on two feet you have a bigger brain than any other animal we can communicate in some way we have emotions
Peter Skutt
- Peter Skutt, portland OR
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To be human is to learn and build off knowledge from present and deceased generations. Essentially, to have continuous growth in thought.
Paul
- Paul, University of Maryland, College Park
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To create and destroy
Paul
- Paul, Houston
0
To be human means to have a purpose, it means to do what you were made to do.
bianca
- bianca, Sigourney, IA
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equality
To be Human is to have no limits and the potential to do anything, because of this we have good history and the hope of a great future.
Eldon Dahlin
- Eldon Dahlin, Oakland CA
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To daydream and then to wish we didn't
Manisha Swain
- Manisha Swain, India
0
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
I think two attributes separate humans from other species - intuition and conscience. Both have intellectual and social implications.
anirban bandyopadhyay
- anirban bandyopadhyay, New York, USA
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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
To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
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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