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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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humans create art, this is one of our highest ideals along with religion. Then complicated language, writing, mathematics and complex tools
Johnny
- Johnny, Kentucky
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Being human means, having self control, profound intelligence, and being able to express one's self in a variety of ways.
Taylor Gaskins
- Taylor Gaskins, Washington, DC
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Being human means being the last natural evolution step towards intelligence. The next step being artificial, not "natural", evolution.
Jorge L S Leão
- Jorge L S Leão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
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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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to reach life's mission of death
Mia Fordson
- Mia Fordson, Malvern, Arkansas
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It means to, sadly, not be a magical wizard!
Jo
- Jo, Indiana
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The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
To be capable of the best and the worst...self sacrificing altruism, and murderous contempt.
Stacey
- Stacey, Maryland
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To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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
To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5
To be human means experiencing war, famine, chaos, and disaster. Being human also means being able to overcome it all.
Rose Hogeweide
- Rose Hogeweide, Portland, Oregon
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have more advanced cognitive skills able to reason
shania
- shania, washington state
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We wear clothes. What other creature does?
Henry Norr
- Henry Norr, Berkeley, CA
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I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
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To have consciousness.
Maralee
- Maralee, Silver Spring, MD
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To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
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Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
5
To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
5
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
To contribute to our world and to the lives of others in a helpful way, and making decisions as to how to accomplish that task.
Zach
- Zach, Green Hill Zone, Mobius
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
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
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5