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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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It means to have a relatively advanced brain, and the abilities to interact socially and to evolve based on the surrounding environment.
Iman
- Iman, Portland, OR
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To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
to live a life in search for answers and contentment whilst being prone to sickness,injury, accidents and eventually death.
Jessica
- Jessica, Australia
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as the third smartest spcies on the planet (preceded by dolphins and mice) we have a responsibility to not kill ourselves and others
Griffin
- Griffin, Canada
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What does it mean to be human? Having the ability to ask this question is a great part of what makes us human.
Matt
- Matt, Washington, DC
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
0
It means being the topdogs in the foodchain
Dirk
- Dirk, Australia
3
Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
0
It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
Felix Daverio
- Felix Daverio, NSW
0
Helpful and Hurtful Unique Magnificent and monstrous Amazing and awful Never predictable
Anjali Gupta
- Anjali Gupta, California
0
I think two attributes separate humans from other species - intuition and conscience. Both have intellectual and social implications.
anirban bandyopadhyay
- anirban bandyopadhyay, New York, USA
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Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To be Human is to Understand. To understand our world, to understand each other, to be flawed so we know what it's like to be flawed
Ben.T
- Ben.T, Blackburn HS Melbourne, Victoria Australia
0
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
0
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
The ability to feel emotions, you have your own thoughts, and you are culturally diverse in your own unique.
Ashley
- Ashley, Astoria, OR
0
It means to understand the purpose of life
m.shahbaz
- m.shahbaz, lahore pakistan
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to know how to think and be able to change
maria
- maria, portugal
5
To be part of a species that has developed a sense of purpose and direction, but to largely not recognize that those are misplaced.
Dave Nug McKay
- Dave Nug McKay, Australia
0
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
5
To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
5
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
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
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
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
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
Human is part of the beautiful nature, a animal that can think for others.
jeeyoon
- jeeyoon, Seoul, Korea.
5
I don't know if humans are the only animals that can think about the future, but we're the only ones who can talk about it.
Gerry L
- Gerry L, Beaverton, OR
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
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
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5