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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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Ser humano es aceptar que estamos formados de carne, hueso, mente, corazón, alma y espíritu.
Andrey
- Andrey, México
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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
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
To use higher thinking and to act differently.
Padraic
- Padraic, Astoria
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To be the best people in the whole entire universe. And to also fool our family's traits and customs
Jaffrey
- Jaffrey, Duluth, MN
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It means we can create, love, and that we are responsible for the world. That we are and will always be a community.
Abhay
- Abhay, Fremont
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It means that you are able to communicate past unintelligible grunts and gurgles, also only species has its own stock market.
FrizzantE
- FrizzantE, Alberta
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We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
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To be human, is to think, explore, learn and develop your culture.
Ashley Johnson
- Ashley Johnson, Washington,DC
0
The ability to realize and fix our mistakes.
Rob Bowkett
- Rob Bowkett, bowkett.ca
1
To be human is to question.
David Masters
- David Masters, Kiev
0
Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
0
A bipedal primate with the ability to ask the question "who and what am I".
David L. Jones
- David L. Jones, Ga.
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To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
5
we live we laugh we love. we have problems and find a way to fix them. were not perfect. and i love it
anthony
- anthony, sparta. NJ
2
It means to be created in God's image, but imperfect.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Pennsylvania
0
To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
0
A species that can ponder their existence.
Valerie First
- Valerie First, Winter Springs, Florida
1
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
0
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
5
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
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
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
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
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