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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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being human means to be able to think of complicated ideas and to be able to walk up right for long periods of time.
Danielle
- Danielle, Windermere, FL
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Bipedalism is the key factor that is associated with the characteristics of humans. Bipedalism means walking on two feet.
Student
- Student, School
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Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
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To be a human is to have opposable thumbs and to be able to make the most advanced tools and to be able to have speech.
Rafi
- Rafi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Being human means being an example of the brightest species Earth has to offer, which is a sad disappointment to the rest of the Universe.
Runo
- Runo, East Coast, USA
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Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
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Human is inteligence. To know what one sees in DMT altered state of consciousness, is the psychedelic side effects, not spiritual answers.
ice
- ice, BC
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What makes us human is our individuality from everyone else, and out strive to get/be what we want.
jason
- jason, Astoria, Oregon
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To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
We are common as lifeforms, rare in our stage of evolution, & special as individuals. Explorers of physics, biology, history, & ourselves.
Bryce
- Bryce, Devils Lake, North Dakota
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being human is making mistakes in this game of life we are all playing.
George
- George, Texas
4
What it means to be human is to walk on to feet, to speak, and to interact with other human species.
peyton
- peyton, us
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It means to live love laugh, have faith, and do your best, you only have one life to live that God Blessed you with, make the best of it.
Jennifer Rose
- Jennifer Rose, Florida
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To be a human is to be able to realize that we are not perfect, make mistakes, but at the end learn from those mistakes and not repeat it
Jeny
- Jeny, Torrance, CA
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To be human is to be curious of all and niothing in the same time
benja
- benja, france
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Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
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To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
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It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
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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 you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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We are artists. Whether we tell our story with words, paint or music, we want to understand and to be understood.
Darren Thompson
- Darren Thompson, Westerville, OH
5
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
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5
to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5