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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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marie
- marie, springfield
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Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
I think and make reasonable decisions there fore I am a human.
Charles Wastl
- Charles Wastl, Hanover, Md, USA the Earth
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To be a human means to live your life like a true animal in society
Perry
- Perry, India
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To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
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To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
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To be able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
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To love and be loved in return.
Kyle
- Kyle, China
3
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
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 reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
It means that I am not a cow. or a pig. Or even a sheep, a dog, a potato, an octopus. Not even a brussell sprout. Wow. Incredible.
Laugh Out-Loud
- Laugh Out-Loud, Cape Foul Wind, New Zealand
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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
To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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This means that reconstruct the earth and live for each other and to worship God.
khadija
- khadija, Oma
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to be human you need to be able to respond and communicate between other people within the race of you.
charlie knight
- charlie knight, sydney
0
what it means to be human is walking upright on 2 legs
dontae
- dontae, manhattan, new york
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Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
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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
The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
5
I don't know if humans are the only animals that can think about the future, but we're the only ones who can talk about it.
Gerry L
- Gerry L, Beaverton, OR
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
It means being able to engage in discourse about what we believe, how we think our world should be, we're political reflective folks.
Margaret
- Margaret, Brooklyn, NY
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
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 share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
5
To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
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
I think being a human means to not litter on the earth.
Cordelia Zeckowski
- Cordelia Zeckowski, Annapolis md
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
5
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
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