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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 have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
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We are just a kind of animal having ability to think, to reason and communicate effectively.
Volkan Gülbeyaz
- Volkan Gülbeyaz, İzmir, TURKEY
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It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
5
To understand and practice compassion
Savi Goonasekera Swick
- Savi Goonasekera Swick, Unknown
1
To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
5
It means you are a member of the current dominant species on this planet.
Brian
- Brian, Parsons
0
the human species is the most intelligent species in the world.
ANDREW
- ANDREW, PHOENIX,ARIZONA
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Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
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To wonder
Jlb
- Jlb, Nj
0
Having the ability to create technology, be inventive, communicate in a language, and be social and loyal in a structured society.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Portland, OR
1
To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
0
Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
5
To err.
William O'Reilly
- William O'Reilly, NY
0
To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
0
To be organized and inventive, to speak our ideas, to pray to our creator
Steve Taikowski
- Steve Taikowski, Orlando, Florida
0
I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, USA
0
To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
0
Highest level of consciousness of any organism on Earth & the ability to change our environment to suit our needs and support our misdeeds
Noel Curry
- Noel Curry, Tokyo Japan
0
To be human means that you have intelligence, conscious an feelings to rule the earth and all the living creatures with respect.
Yota
- Yota, Greece
0
We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
5
To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
5
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
5
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
5
To be Human means to experience. Since we are the sum of our memories, the more we can experience, the more Human we can become.
Russell Senior
- Russell Senior, Detroit, MI
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
5