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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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Being human means having the ability to think and feel complexly, whilebeing able to respond to our natural instincts like other beings.
Bradley
- Bradley, Belleville, Il
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To have the ability to completely wipe out a species, and almost, create a new one.
Bryce Nurding
- Bryce Nurding, Astoria OR
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It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
James
- James, Coronado
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alway look for more. more KNOWLEDGE, more answers, etc....human curiosity!!!
Alejandro
- Alejandro, Viña del Mar, Chile
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To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
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To know we are different Other species view us as food, threat or a non-issue To us they are food, clothing, threat, commodity,companionship
Kelly
- Kelly , Chicago, Il.
4
Gather physical information through the senses and utilize it to adpt to the environment and to alter the environment.
Roger Duronio
- Roger Duronio, New Jersey
0
Being humans is having a unique form of communication and ability to learn and teach. Narrow pelvis and fluid bi pedal walking = human
Zach
- Zach, Heeger
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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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to have a conscience
dominique
- dominique , las vegas
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To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
5
To be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
0
to be "human" is to have feelings for others and care for who you love
Kendall
- Kendall, Des Moines,Iowa
0
A capacity to wonder.
A Nobody
- A Nobody, England
0
The power to reason and make a choice
Timothy mantlow
- Timothy mantlow, Springfield Tn
2
We have an innate drive to follow our intellect, will, and passions.
Holly
- Holly, USA
0
What it means to me to be human is to do the things that interest you. You only have one life so why not do the things you want to do?
Bryan Lomeli
- Bryan Lomeli, Torrance, CA
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Humans make fire and cook food. Made all the difference in human evolution.
Glenn
- Glenn, San Diego
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Man is the only animal who knows its own name
Chris
- Chris, New York
0
To argue the very reason why and how we are here. To question and search for oh so complex yet simple meaning of life itself.
Khalil J
- Khalil J, Portland,OR
0
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5
be born, contribute/improve mother earth, discover, reproduce.
adrian
- adrian, florida
5
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
5
to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5
Being human is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5