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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; in an effort to features as many as possible, we will be featuring new answers approximately everyh two weeks (so check back to see if you answer has been featured!).

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The full awareness of self and others.
Walter D. Shultz
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
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To be human is to have many flaws but to learn and grow from our mistakes.
Kyla Vigdor
- Kyla Vigdor, Washington DC
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Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
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To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
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A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
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A mammal that's born to be humans who have emotions and are able to interact with other people.
Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony
- Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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loving, helping all humans and disproving reasons on "race" and figure out we are one species.we must stand together as one race.
jack
- jack, birmingham uk
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To be human is to be able to play god, we are able to give life, make life and take life away.
andrew shely
- andrew shely, New York
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Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
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Being able to change and adapt to what lies ahead of us.
Coralie
- Coralie, Cody, WY
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To use higher thinking and to act differently.
Padraic
- Padraic, Astoria
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Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
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part of this earth arising from it, and able to look out with awe and wonder
Hugh matheson
- Hugh matheson, Kenora ON
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being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
have more advanced cognitive skills able to reason
shania
- shania, washington state
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To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
5
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
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 itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
5
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5
to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5