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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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being human means having multiple lobes in your brain and using each lobe for different parts of everyday life.
Jesenia H.
- Jesenia H., Portland, Oregon
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Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
Becca
- Becca, Oregon
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No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
5
What all humans have in common is that we can control fire, make and use tools, and use complex speech. These are things that only humans do
Luis
- Luis, Phoenix
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Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
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We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
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Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
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To be able to lie in the anatomical position and to have visible and anatomical similarities between each being
Rachel Irvine
- Rachel Irvine, Ontario Canada
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To know with understanding, and to care with tenderness, while not seeking recongnition.
DeVault
- DeVault, Hemingway, South Carolina
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To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
to live on earth with a brain a spine no claws and live civilized
angelina
- angelina, nc
0
What are authoritative definitions of "human"?
Patrick D. Shannon
- Patrick D. Shannon, USA
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Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
We change the lives of every thing even the smallest organisms n
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, 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.
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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
5