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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 human species is the most intelligent species in the world.
ANDREW
- ANDREW, PHOENIX,ARIZONA
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Be responsible for what is going on & before Creator. Every creature has brains & feelings but man shoulders responsibility for the future.
Zarine L. Arushanyan
- Zarine L. Arushanyan, Armenia
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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To have a credit card, use a smartphone, operate a laser cutter, and be utterly unable to create a simple stone axe.
Nik
- Nik, Raleigh
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Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
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To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
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
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
0
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 able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
It means you are living and you want to see everything in the world. It also means life with human forms.
Crazy old lady
- Crazy old lady, Mars
0
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5
Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
1
To be human is to have the abilities of compassion, reason, and coexisting with everything in nature.
Sharnae
- Sharnae, Duluth, MN
0
To be human is to be aware of our individuality and mortality and to desperately seek meaning in our brief existence.
Daniel Cox
- Daniel Cox, Sacramento, CA
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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
I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
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to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
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
To sing.
Colette
- Colette, Potomac, MD
5
To imagine the impossible
Anaf
- Anaf, Bethesda, MD
5
To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
5
We wonder where we came from. We wonder if there is anyone else like us anywhere.
Linda Kuczwanski
- Linda Kuczwanski, Oklahoma City, OK
5
To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
5
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
To be human is to use our brain to evolve beyond our 600 million years of animal past and become part of a sustainable mosaic of life.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh, North Carolina
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
We can make our ideas become reality.
Leasa
- Leasa, Vineland, NJ
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
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
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5