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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 grasp the concept of time, to understand things which we don't need to understand, to not need to rely on instincts to do things.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Australia
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to me being human means to be smart and new, we define how our planet works today.
alexandria carter
- alexandria carter, portland, oregon/ roosevelt high school
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To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5
To be able to breed with other humans.
Johan Mathiesen
- Johan Mathiesen, Portland, OR
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It means the ability to contemplate the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Pat Best
- Pat Best, Canada
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Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
Being curious about the universe, our creator and how we are formed billion years ago.
Curiosity
- Curiosity , Milky Way
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Humans (and some of our ancestors) are the only animals that can use and manipulate fire.
Sean
- Sean, Portland, OR
5
A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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To think we are a god but not actually be one.
Melissa
- Melissa, Delta
4
Being human means being complex and unique. We are survivors of a long period of difficulty and that makes us extraordinary.
Devin White
- Devin White, California
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To be human is to embrace your complexity, your mysteriousness, and to fulfill everything you wish on your own. It is to love and be loved.
Marlee
- Marlee, Coronado
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To Think Critically and Reason
Taylor
- Taylor, South Carolina
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Faith and the reason to become a better person each new day.
Valeria Acosta
- Valeria Acosta, Puerto Rico
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I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
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Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
Being human being smart, We aren't tougher then other animals. Without tools, symbolic language, way of thinking ect. we would've died out.
Daniel Joseph Marchand
- Daniel Joseph Marchand, Waterville, ME
5
Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
5
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
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