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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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Human can perform work that other anmals can't.They don't have the ability to talk. I'm proud of being a human.
Areeba Abid
- Areeba Abid, Pakistan
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http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
To be human it means to be able to make a change in the world, to have the ability to provide for yourself and others who are in need.
Jimena
- Jimena, Woodburn HS
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A human is anyone who is a member of the Homo genus regardless of any other factors.
Mark
- Mark, Raleigh
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To beable to know I am alive which is something animals can't do.
Marcus
- Marcus, Auburn, MA
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To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
1
To be human is to be able to form rational thoughts but at the same time, experience emotions.
Emily
- Emily, Brisbane, Queensland,Australia
1
To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
1
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
To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
5
We are but one of many known and unknown species. Created from an ongoing process enabled by earth's position relative to our star sun.
JW
- JW, Salt Lake City, Utah
4
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
5
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
5
being human means going to school and learn about what is it to be human
Parul
- Parul, Bangalore , India
1
To have a soul.
John
- John, Wherever Jesus is
1
Homo Sapiens: A creature with intelligence advanced enough to observe itself.
Hmg
- Hmg, India
0
Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
0
This exhibit showed me how the how human brains got bigger, and evolved to store more information and adapt to changes in our environment.
Olivia Baron
- Olivia Baron, Springfield, Missouri
0
to be on top of the world food chain and to fight for our rights and live together in peace
me
- me, nc
0
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To have a basic goal to expand your bubble of intelligence.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5