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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 being part of a modern evolutionary tree that includes some of the most intelligent species to ever live.
Andrew Taylor
- Andrew Taylor, College Park, Maryland
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To cook
Ilse
- Ilse, Mexico
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To be human means to use your brain, love, talk, socialize as well as share life and soul with other people.
VKAMEG
- VKAMEG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
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That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
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To learn from mistakes, through discovered errors and thus follow laws.
Jeff
- Jeff, Sydney
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To be able to walk on two legs, and to talk.
christian
- christian, lewiston maine
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The ability to know how little we actually know.
Jessica
- Jessica, Brainerd, Minnesota
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Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
To not only be able to ask, but to actively seek an answer to this question.
Josh
- Josh, UK
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To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
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
To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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To travel in time -- to know the past and anticipate the future. To understand and personalize death.
Judy Aliason
- Judy Aliason, Palm Harbor, FL
5
To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
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
Many People,different ages ,all smiling
Being human,Hmm...To love and grow to adulthood and have an education to listen and have a social comunity
Daphne
- Daphne, Woodbridge,Virginia
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To know that I know, and yet to ask why.
Don Lovell
- Don Lovell, University of West Georgia
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adaption,tools,fire,bipedalism,disconnected from our true home and nature,expressing emotion in extremes,surpassing nature
me
- me, usa
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To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
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
Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
5
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5