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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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Manipulating natural elements–agriculture: a huge factor in the development not only of the human species, but the world as a whole.
Isabelle
- Isabelle, College Park, MD
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Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
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Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
birth to death and everything in between. Love, hate, learn, compassion, grow,
Debbie Winnett
- Debbie Winnett, San Bruno
4
To be human is to have a role in life, giving you purpose.
BigDaddyJohn
- BigDaddyJohn, Ny,Ny
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To make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
0
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To be human is to be able to express ones ideas and improve ones life beyond that of just surviving.
Brendan
- Brendan, St. Louis
0
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
To be rad
sawwg killer
- sawwg killer, your mom
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Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
To have certain characteristics that no other primate shows.
Bernard Niesen
- Bernard Niesen, Los Angeles, California
0
To gain more complex balances
Wu Chen
- Wu Chen, China
0
To paraphase Mark Twain: to be the only creature that blushes . . . or that needs to.
Diana M. H. Smith
- Diana M. H. Smith, Springfield, MO
1
Being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness.
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
3
To try and understand
Brendan
- Brendan, Ireland
1
Being human is much more than survive, is the need to understand, learn and create.
Axel Vargas
- Axel Vargas, Mexico
0
To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, California
1
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
I think being a human means to not litter on the earth.
Cordelia Zeckowski
- Cordelia Zeckowski, Annapolis md
5
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
To be human is to be curious. To wonder, to explore, to invent, to create art, to love, & to learn about ourselves & the universe we live in
Bret Raoulsen
- Bret Raoulsen, Winnebago, Il
5
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
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
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
Human is part of the beautiful nature, a animal that can think for others.
jeeyoon
- jeeyoon, Seoul, Korea.
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
5