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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 a social community that use language and sounds to communicate and are continually changing the world.
JV
- JV, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Bipedalism is the key factor that is associated with the characteristics of humans. Bipedalism means walking on two feet.
Student
- Student, School
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For us, H. sapiens, upright walk, precision grip, symbolic thought
Scott H.
- Scott H., Dubuque, IA, USA
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I believe humans must be able to express complex emotions such as love <3
Jason Hsiao
- Jason Hsiao, University of Maryland
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Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
5
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
You can walk on two feet. You are able to be very civilized and cooperate with each other. You can keep developing.
Eleanor White
- Eleanor White, San Francisco, California
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Being human is a person that is distinguished from an animal.
garen
- garen, washungton dc
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The constant pursuit of happiness we are always short of obtaining by a hair.
Yeliz T
- Yeliz T, Pennsylvania, USA
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Red sunny image with a human head depicted as a toaster.
To be human is to be capable of believing in things beyong nature and building churches to praise them.
Henyo Barretto
- Henyo Barretto, Brasília, DF - Brazil
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To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
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i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
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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
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To be human is to find meaning in the things unknown and the things unseen.
Alice
- Alice, New Zealand
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It means that you can talk walk and everything else. It also mean that you can take on the responsibility of walking on this earth.
liyah
- liyah, Evanston,Il
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To be conscious of our evolution and the effect of our actions and words unto others and the environment.
Helene Tremblay
- Helene Tremblay, Montreal, Quebec
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It means we can problem solve and have the ability to impact the world
Belton
- Belton, In this bitch
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To be human is to wonder, think, understand, and create.
Mico
- Mico, Gaithersburg, MD
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to love life and other humans
snow
- snow, jhb
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what means to be a human is that it means god was the person who made everyone and me.
briana
- briana, 1/82 favona road mangere
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
To share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
I think being a human means to not litter on the earth.
Cordelia Zeckowski
- Cordelia Zeckowski, Annapolis md
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
Forwardly looking with curiosity and wonder.
To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
5
The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
5
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
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
What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
5