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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 a human and what makes u unique from everything else is that we can do things ourselves.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
5
It means to live your life the way you want to, so long as you don't violate the life, liberty, or property of someone else.
Joko
- Joko, San Diego
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To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
Being Human is that we are Made in the Image of God. It is our common heritage no matter how old the universe or earth or life on earth is.
Rich Henkle
- Rich Henkle, Medellin, Colombia
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To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
To imagine and dream
Sam
- Sam, Uk
0
Language...
Tracy
- Tracy, Arkansas
0
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5
To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
5
The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
5
To try and understand
Brendan
- Brendan, Ireland
1
God gave some of His human-like creations SOULS along with many advanced abilities springing from advanced human brains.
keith mcelroy
- keith mcelroy, 20 lakeshore dr., wapwallopen, pa 18660-1312
1
Being a human means that we are able to innovate and create ideas out of our abstract and imaginative minds, including emotions.
Jay
- Jay, California
0
To have an open mind towards the word, learn new things everyday, help each other and try to be successful everyday in life.
Javier
- Javier, Portland, OR
0
The ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
1
It means to be conditioned by a name, a tag, a label, a category or a concept ("HUMAN"), being unable to get rid of it and be yourself.
Eduardo
- Eduardo, NYC
0
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
To be a human means to have the ability to love
Kate
- Kate, PA
5
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
5
To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
5
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
5
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
5
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
To be human is to posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5