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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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Humans are he transfer vehicle to complete earths long journey ahead, earth was always here and always be
Teddy the Greek
- Teddy the Greek, boston
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Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
5
A man thinks calmly with eye's filled with compastion, beside him the same man is yelling eye's filled with hate
Humans are, Part god, part beast to be human is to wrestle with our selfs. And ultimately, to choose which one will guide our actions.
Zavian
- Zavian, Canada
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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 live not just survive.
Tom Hamilton
- Tom Hamilton, UK
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it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
5
It means that we will be replaced by more intelligent beings
Some1
- Some1, Netherlands
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We change the lives of every thing even the smallest organisms n
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
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To be human means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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Being human in mortality means to be able to become like our Father in Heaven.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Texas
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To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
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To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
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
It means creating toilets and sanitation.
Fredward
- Fredward, Montgomery, AL
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To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5
It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
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To decide if you will be one who makes life better for yourself or for others, and then discovering what everyone looks for in death.
Jarrod, Age 15
- Jarrod, Age 15, Seattle, WA, USA
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Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
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To be a human is to have opposable thumbs and to be able to make the most advanced tools and to be able to have speech.
Rafi
- Rafi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
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
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
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
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5