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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; in an effort to features as many as possible, we will be featuring new answers approximately everyh two weeks (so check back to see if you answer has been featured!).

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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 be human is to feel, love, create, conquer, and believe.
Ty
- Ty, Astoria, Oregon
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To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
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To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
To be a human is to be able to think critically and act according to it; to learn and discover things around us; and to live and enjoy life.
Jeanalyn
- Jeanalyn, Illinois
4
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
To use our minds and resources to make realizations on our own, not depending on others to make those for us. Kind of like smithsonite does
Mr Evans
- Mr Evans, Virginia
0
Few souls have the gift to be human-to be able to feel others pain and help them.
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA
1
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
0
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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To be a human means to live your life like a nature's true human.
simaranjit singh
- simaranjit singh, ludhiana
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To be human is to be obligated, as the most intelligent species, to take care of the planet and it's other inhabitants.
Chloe Lopez
- Chloe Lopez, Gainesville, Florida
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To be human is to find meaning in the things unknown and the things unseen.
Alice
- Alice, New Zealand
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To have faith.
Alexis
- Alexis, South Carolina
1
We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
0
Always looking for happiness elsewhere, unreachable but designing ways to reach it. Never satisfied.
Stephane Renard
- Stephane Renard, Toulouse
1
Making fire and cooking food. Those are our two most fundamentally distinctive characteristics.
Scott
- Scott, Jones
3
To have a written language and the ability to communicate through words and symbols. To be tame yet animalistic when necessary.
Alva Peguero
- Alva Peguero, San Diego, CA
0
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
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 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
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
To be human is to posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5