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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 is to be corrupt, it goes hand and hand."
Stacy
- Stacy, Alabama
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Unique sophisticated forms of communication allowing for the detailed exchange of ever more descriptive imagination techniques.
Andy J
- Andy J , Manchester
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Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
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Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
In my opinion, to be human is simply to be a humanoid form with a developed level of sapience. Nothing changes that.
Bailey
- Bailey, Angleton
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It means that you are an animal with senses for survival.
Rachelle Robinson
- Rachelle Robinson, Md
1
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5
Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
1
To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
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To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
Being human means having DNA and being able to reproduce.
kAITLYN GUERRERO
- kAITLYN GUERRERO, washington D.C
0
To care for one an other
Hermioni
- Hermioni , Hogwarts
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Human is inteligence. To know what one sees in DMT altered state of consciousness, is the psychedelic side effects, not spiritual answers.
ice
- ice, BC
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It's about shared symbolic worlds--images, language, sensations.
Diana
- Diana, Virginia
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To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
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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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Being human means that we are animals who tell stories.
Erica
- Erica, Pullman, WA
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i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
4
to live life to the fullest
anita miller
- anita miller, losangeles
0
Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
0
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5