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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 share and to take care of one another.
lena
- lena , location
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To breathe and circulate blood and have higher thought patterns than lesser animals
Dan
- Dan, Perth
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To be egotistical enough to think you have the right to recreate the environment instead of living in it.
David
- David, Dallas
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To be human is to have memories of stories from the past.
Gracie FLood
- Gracie FLood, Emmaus, PA, USA
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Does being the long-unawaited product of a series of entropic coincidences, carry purpose or meaning?
Nathan
- Nathan, NM
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To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
to be able to think and rationalize on a daily basis
CMercurius
- CMercurius, New York
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This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
5
To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
5
Art , is the answer.
hal9000
- hal9000, internet
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it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
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 human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
5
Words don't even come close, because to be human is not a meaning, it's a feeling.
Hubert Meeker
- Hubert Meeker, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
1
To use eating utencils... some of the time
Meghan
- Meghan, Alexandria, VA
1
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
We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
5
To be human is to face challenges. One was starting to walk upright. We are also always inventing & communicating efficiently.
ASJKJD
- ASJKJD, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
to be able to have coomon sense, some sort of religion, abstract thinking abilities, and an ability of speech
john phillips
- john phillips, st.louis
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Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
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
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
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 live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
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
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5