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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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God and man communicate through gene. Possibly, this is the best part to be a human.
Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik
- Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik, Utkal University,Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
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To be conscious of our consciousness
Arthur Frank
- Arthur Frank, Amsterdam
4
to have feeling to be sad,mad,happy, and, wrong
sara
- sara, maryland
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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
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
2
Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
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To have the ability to record thoughts, history and ideas.
James
- James, Maryland
1
It mean to be thankful for all the things you get from your parents. You can be able to grab things and hold things.
freddy
- freddy, woodburn
0
To be versatile and ever-changing. A sign of humanity is our need for intellectual and social interaction.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, COSTAATT, Trinidad
0
To be human is to have a role in life, giving you purpose.
BigDaddyJohn
- BigDaddyJohn, Ny,Ny
0
Human means that your alive and you can do lots of things like any regular human knows how to read walk learn new things.
katie
- katie, washington D.C
0
The joy of existence in an elevated plane of understanding and our shame in not being able to find our footing in that plane
Donald
- Donald, Arizona
0
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
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To be human, means that you are able to use all of your specials chracteristics wherever and whenever you want.
Alex
- Alex , Massachussetts
0
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
To see your place in the world and realise that it's so much bigger than you
B.
- B., Oxford
0
The full awareness of self and others.
Walter D. Shultz
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
0
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
5
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
5
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
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 be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5