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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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the ability to change our surroundings to suite ourselves, therefore making us extremely adaptable and expanding our niche
Nina
- Nina, Texas
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Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
So what does it mean to be human? I think human beings need to be introspective. To me this is the difference between humans and animals.
Claudia
- Claudia, California
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it means you are able to ask what does it mean to be human ? in the first place
Alex
- Alex, Yorkshire England
5
to have language, culture, to be mammal, to be social, and to kill for other reason than for food
Miguel Rivera
- Miguel Rivera, rivera.miguelantonio787@gmail.com
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To have the ability to act on something other than instinct and choosing to do so.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, California
1
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5
Evolution of Complex Culture and biology in correlation to Temporal and Environmental factours
Ben
- Ben, Massachusetts
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http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
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
To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
0
To be able to think in terms of the abstract. That is, to speak, do art, math, etc. It is also the desire to understand our environment.
Jay
- Jay, Canada
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It means that we use the knowledge of our past experiences to face the challenges that are forced upon us.
Luca
- Luca, Portland, Oregon
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The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
5
To be human means to use the ability of our minds and bodies to change the world and make it a better place.
JSNMLR
- JSNMLR, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
Being human means to have religous thought,such as burying dead.Humans have a very advanced language.Imagination is key to advancement.
SS Grade 7 Class Bob
- SS Grade 7 Class Bob, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
1
To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
5
The simple understanding of life, love, and freedom. Along with the ability to understand and seek out new knowledge.
Hearne, Chris
- Hearne, Chris, Missouri
0
The only life force known to stay busy trying to figure itself out.
Robert Ratliff
- Robert Ratliff, Boone, NC
0
With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
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
To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
5
Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
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
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
humans are the only animal that believes it should be happy, all the other animals can just be happy.
Shaun Wilson
- Shaun Wilson, christchurch NZ
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5