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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 capable of thinking complex thoughts and communicating with others and the world around them.
Katie
- Katie, Windermere, Florida
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To Think (sapiens), Perchance to dream. To Question. To Strive. To Learn. To Love . To Believe.
Nancy
- Nancy, Kingston Ontario Canada
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To have inlaws.
Jim
- Jim, New Jersey
1
To be human is to wonder why we are given consciousness, the strings of emotions and a spirit that soars and to be valued by our tribe.
YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh
- YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh, Boston, MA
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To be human means to be forever changing and creating. It means to adapt and evolve as the strongest species on the planet.
JoAnn
- JoAnn, Germany
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To Think Critically and Reason
Taylor
- Taylor, South Carolina
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What separates humans from everything else is our innate sense of expression, communication, and over all superior intelligence.
Jason
- Jason, Chicago
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To care deeply about the well being others and be willing to do what ever is necessary to protect and nurture those we care about.
Tom Hunnicutt
- Tom Hunnicutt, Mt. Shasta, California
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To make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
3
Imagination
Mematron
- Mematron, New York
0
As humans, we have the ability to affect change in the world on a global scale through our knowledge and perception of the world around us.
Jennifer W
- Jennifer W, Museum of Natural History
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It means you have a brain with a well developed frontal cortex
Gandha key
- Gandha key, London, UK
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Each human is different and special. You won't find another yourself in the whole world. This is what I think it means to be human.
Katrina Kaif
- Katrina Kaif, Hong Kong
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Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
Our 3 brains in 1, we have traits from reptiles mammals and primates. Our conscience makes us human and sets us apart from all others.
Cathy Burks Stogner
- Cathy Burks Stogner, Mooresville, NC USA
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Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
we live we laugh we love. we have problems and find a way to fix them. were not perfect. and i love it
anthony
- anthony, sparta. NJ
2
To observe, to replenish, to preserve, and to witness evolution
WIlson Santos
- WIlson Santos, St. Augustine,FL - USA
0
To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
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To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
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
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
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
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5