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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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Coalserco
- Coalserco, http://bibliafamilia.blogspot.com.es/
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It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
to be able to change not only our future but of others for better or worse.
Gerardo
- Gerardo, N.C
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Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
5
Being a human might sound easy but with being a human come a lot of responsibilities.
Jovany R.
- Jovany R., Roosevelt high school Portland Oregon
0
What are authoritative definitions of "human"?
Patrick D. Shannon
- Patrick D. Shannon, USA
0
The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
0
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
To be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
Jessica
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
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being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
5
To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
1
to be able to walk up right and to be able to talk
jonzam
- jonzam, spring field
0
Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
0
To think and ponder over and above that which is needed for our survival. To analyze the environment. To think over complex problems.
Tzh Utmep
- Tzh Utmep, Pakistan
0
To be human is what we as a species has always been capable to do: Observe, Evolve and compare through cultural relativism.
Devon Smith
- Devon Smith, Arkansas
0
A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
0
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
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
I think Humans have an awarness of self and future
Gail
- Gail, Canada
1
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 able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
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 understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
5
Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
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
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
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
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
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5