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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 know where one comes from, to be mindful of the future, and ever aware of both in the present.
Brandon Watson
- Brandon Watson, Montgomery, Alabama
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Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5
i think only this "sharing of emotion" is the meaning of being a human.
sasan
- sasan, iran
2
Being human means having the ability to ask objective questions about life, the world, and the wider aspects of reality.
Ben
- Ben, Birmingham
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To be human, means that you are able to use all of your specials chracteristics wherever and whenever you want.
Alex
- Alex , Massachussetts
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to be like us
m a z
- m a z, iran
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To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
Khoa
- Khoa, Torrance
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we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
5
It means that you are an organism who has feelings and can love and be loved peace
Olivia
- Olivia, California
4
Habitual Bipedalism
Nathan
- Nathan, Washington State
1
Humans have long communicated through language, and invented tools that have enabled our species to survive and thrive.
Janet Arredondo
- Janet Arredondo, Jeffersonville INy
1
To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
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To be human means to be an ancestor from early Homo species.
Grace
- Grace, Raleigh, NC
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To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
Shootin' stuff, smoking, drivin, eating french fries, drinkin beer n watchin football. Pretty much anything we can do that monkey's can't.
Greg
- Greg, Saranac Lake, New York
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
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
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5