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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 be quick on your feet, don’t give up, keep trying, share ideas, speak, create, evolve, believe, & grow in knowledge.
LFSLJLSM
- LFSLJLSM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
To be human you have to have a brain and an orderly body structure.
Devinity Apollon
- Devinity Apollon, Washington, DC
0
To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
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Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To be human is what we as a species has always been capable to do: Observe, Evolve and compare through cultural relativism.
Devon Smith
- Devon Smith, Arkansas
0
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
What it means to be human is to walk on to feet, to speak, and to interact with other human species.
peyton
- peyton, us
0
To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
0
Our brain and our skull grows allowing our brain to develop Giving us our technology, sensibility, emotions and most importantly our culture
Jessica G
- Jessica G, Roosevelt
0
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
5
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Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
5
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
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
1
To be human means that you live your life striving to understand the world and the forces that made it the way it is.
NDR
- NDR, Texas
0
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
to be human means to stick together keep are earth clean come as one and be gods children no matter what you belive in
lynn
- lynn, atlanta,georgia
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
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
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
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
the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
5
To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
5
To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
5
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
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