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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 different from one another, and to care for animals and humans.
Justin, Micheal
- Justin, Micheal, Astoria Or
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To be able to change the roll of toilet paper correctly, paper in the pull down position.
Alice Tully-Hall
- Alice Tully-Hall, Denver, Colorado
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To be human is to feel. To be human is to be sad, to be happy, to love and to hate. We learn and we grow, to human is to feel.
Lexie
- Lexie, Melbourne
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To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To have the ability to make social and emotional bonds.
Melody
- Melody, Los Angeles, USA
0
There is no answer, only the Question. To be what is asked and to seek it.
Eric Garrett
- Eric Garrett, Columbus, Ohio
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It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
The things that make us human are the mental things like how we think and the feelings that we have.
Matthew McAllister
- Matthew McAllister, School Without Walls
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To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
4
Both individually and as a group, we exist in the past, present and future. This triad influences who we are and how we make our decisions.
Elizabeth Campanella
- Elizabeth Campanella, Hamilton, VA
5
To be human means to share qualitative behaviors with many other animals but to share some of those at greater quantity with fellow humans.
Helena
- Helena, Sweden
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To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
To have such a diverse population. Humans don't all speak the same language, don't always see eye to eye. We're destructive sometimes.
Alydia
- Alydia, Iqualuit, Nunavut
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Make Mistakes. Learn. Enjoy.
Brittany
- Brittany, Ocean Shores, WA
4
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
a higher organism
Fran
- Fran, Cleveland
0
To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
0
We all are different, yet the same. We think separately but together we rely on each other.
Taya W.
- Taya W., Portland, OR
0
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
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
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5