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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 is one of the most beautiful and fascinating phenomena. Each timely adaptation led us to being the most advanced species known.
Ariana
- Ariana, Bethesda, MD
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It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
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To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
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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
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Being human means being called human by others you recognize as being like yourself.
Mute
- Mute, New England
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Being alive and breathing and imagining new technologies.
Émilie
- Émilie, Richmond, QC
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It means you are able to read and comprehend that your species, homo sapiens, resides at the top of the evolutionary ladder.
Roger
- Roger, Phoenix
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Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
4
Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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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
Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
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To make mistakes, learn from them, and realize what went wrong in order to go in the right direction.
Kathleen Jackson
- Kathleen Jackson, Inwood, WV
2
language, ability to abstract, ability to generalize, conscious thought using abstractions of reality
DR EDGAR SHRIVER
- DR EDGAR SHRIVER, United States
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Humans, also recognized as homo sapiens are highly intelligent. Their brain allow them to do anything they please and create what they want
Jeffry Figueroa
- Jeffry Figueroa, Washington DC
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Being human is just one more peculiar trait of animal evolution
Cristian
- Cristian, Spain, Madrid
1
It means being conscious of being so, and yet not knowing exactly what does it mean, unless you decide that meaning. (which for me, is love)
Jesus
- Jesus, Peru
0
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5
An animal that adapted and evolved for millions of years.
Nizar Zgheib
- Nizar Zgheib, Lebanon
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We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
5
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
5
To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
5
The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
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
What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
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
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
5
being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
5
To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
5