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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 human means to live, create, dream, and progrees.
walter kroll
- walter kroll, springfield ma
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To be human is to realize that the world, the universe is much much bigger than whats around you. To use imagination and to think.
Gavin Alward
- Gavin Alward, Port Angeles, Washington
2
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
It is the ability to share who you think you are and what you have done with your friends and family.
Bruce Gangnath
- Bruce Gangnath, Fallbrook, Ca
0
it means to be not a neanderthal
henry
- henry, cali
0
To be human is to err.
Carter
- Carter, Maryland
0
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 have a particular strand of DNA, to be technical, I guess. If you want to be philosophical, don't look at my answer.
Aria
- Aria, USA
0
To be insecure and arrogant enough to ask what it means to be human.
Ben Siegel
- Ben Siegel, NY
1
To be driven to find love and meaning for yourself.
Corey Bither
- Corey Bither, Boston, MA
0
Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
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Depends what human means. Homo Sapiens? Genetics. Person? Harder -abilities & behavior. Won't really know til we see non-HS person - not yet
jjmcgaffey
- jjmcgaffey, Alameda, CA
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What makes us human is our desire to improve ourselves. Such as people might try to become a nicer person.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Potland, OR
0
To be human means to be bipedal, the ability to speak, react differently, have style, and to have free hands.
Aliser
- Aliser , The Springfield Renaissance School
0
It means human have the desire to get something in life and wisdom to analyse the life..
Sara Sheikh
- Sara Sheikh, Pakistan
0
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
5
to be snobby & think you are superior to animals.
~~~~
- ~~~~, hellas planitia, mars
0
It means how we'd lived in the past!
Raven
- Raven, Hamden
0
All humans aren't perfect, you learn from your mistakes and problems. Each individual has their own unique quality.
Andrew C
- Andrew C, Roosevelt High School Portland Or.
0
It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
0
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
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
To have a basic goal to expand your bubble of intelligence.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5
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 practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5