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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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We can do what others can’t, we have larger brains and are able to walk on two legs; these and more gave us advantages over species.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Portland, OR
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Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
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Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
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We control the future of all life on Earth, including that of our species. We have the collective capacity to thrive or perish.
Howard
- Howard, Pittsford, New York
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Being human means being a member of the dominant species on planet earth--- and all the awesome responsibilities that go along with that!
Bob
- Bob, Cincinnati, OH
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You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
To be human means to have ambition, the need to help other people, the ability to feel compassion, to love for more than the need to mate.
Theo
- Theo , Washington Dc
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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
I think our defining characteristic, that which sets us apart , is our intelligence.
Nicolas, 18
- Nicolas, 18, Ontario, Canada
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Thinking, speaking, emotions.
Sandra
- Sandra, Colorado
0
it means that, you have freedom and your own space in life
emily
- emily, portland
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to love life and other humans
snow
- snow, jhb
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To be human means to be your own, to have a special, unique personality. It is an honor and every minute of every life should be charished.
Sarah
- Sarah , wilmington, NC
4
To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
1
To be human, is to believe that there is a Creator of the Universe Whom bring out something from nothing.
Azrin Afandi
- Azrin Afandi, Singapore
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To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
5
To be human is to be curiouser and curiouser.
David
- David, Escondido, Ca
5
Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
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
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
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
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
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
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5