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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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Art
- Art, Denver Colorado
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To be human is to experience emotions. To feel everything. To be conscious, and aware. Understand what many things/others cannot.
Lexy Alcantar
- Lexy Alcantar, McAllen, TX
0
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
Humans are bipedal, have larger brains relative to body size and well developed language areas (Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas).
Emily
- Emily, Canada
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To have the ability to record thoughts, history and ideas.
James
- James, Maryland
1
Being human means having DNA and being able to reproduce.
kAITLYN GUERRERO
- kAITLYN GUERRERO, washington D.C
0
To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
0
The ability to feel emotions, you have your own thoughts, and you are culturally diverse in your own unique.
Ashley
- Ashley, Astoria, OR
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To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
To be a concisous animal, understanding its ability to reason and rationalze.
shawn
- shawn, toledo, oh
2
To have the presence of mind to ask questions about our origins with logic, reason minus a magical view of the universe.
Hal
- Hal, Canada
0
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
There is no meaning. Nothing that is supernatural exists.
Gregory Breytenbach
- Gregory Breytenbach, Australia
0
being able to communicate and make things because we are special animals can't make things
hannah
- hannah, brentwood, TN
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To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
0
To be human means to be a complex intelligent mammal that uses a large brain and opposable thumbs to create tools to aid in our survival.
Andrew Mahaffie
- Andrew Mahaffie, Washington D.C
0
To be human is to be in a situation, detect a problem
John
- John, Huntington Beach CALI
0
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5
to be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
0
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
To know more than you should and think less than you could
F Cahill
- F Cahill, Dublin Ireland
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
It means to have a higher level of thinking.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
5
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5