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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 cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
4
To be a human means to know the difference between right and wrong.
Lonnie Fahl
- Lonnie Fahl, Modesto, California
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It means that you are your own unique person and no one else is like you.
Julia
- Julia, NJ
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To be human means to be bipedal, the ability to speak, react differently, have style, and to have free hands.
Aliser
- Aliser , The Springfield Renaissance School
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to love, to share, to express ourselves, to be curious, and to wonder the exact question: what DOES it mean to be human?
Rachel
- Rachel, california
4
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
There is no meaning. Nothing that is supernatural exists.
Gregory Breytenbach
- Gregory Breytenbach, Australia
0
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
To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
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to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
Behavioral loops that are assumed to be "aware" of past states and complex patterns therein.
Miles David Smith
- Miles David Smith, San Diego
0
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
5
Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
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to be shattered and to try to fix the unfix-able. we are all shattered and trying to fix ourselves but we are broken so it doesn't work
Talia
- Talia, Australia
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To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
0
It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
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
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
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
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
5
The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
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
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5