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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 are a part of a larger living organism. The Universe. We have a small part to play. Maybe the pollanation of other planets.
Michael O'Neill
- Michael O'Neill, Ireland
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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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I think being human is to be curious. In the past and in the presents humans have always wanted to learn and find out more.
Greg Andrews
- Greg Andrews, Australia
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Have your identity - co-relates to ancestors. Have social relationships-complex or not-based on your morals & social development.
Mai Kou Vang
- Mai Kou Vang, St. Cloud, MN
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To be human means to laugh, have fun, have the ability to learn and communicate, to understand and help others and to be an individual.
Mimi
- Mimi, NewYork
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to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5
Having a big brain (over 1300 Grams) and superior inteligence!
Carlos ACamargo MD
- Carlos ACamargo MD, Stanford CA
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We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
0
Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
1
To attain happiness for our self and others
williamtan
- williamtan, Malaysia
0
It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
Brian K
- Brian K, Maryland
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To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
To be human is to be curiouser and curiouser.
David
- David, Escondido, Ca
5
is to live life an to be 1 of a kind or follow the herd to create from your imagination and bring it to reality to leave a mark or fade away
Jermain.L
- Jermain.L, ny,New york
0
ya got two legs and you walk about with starbucks
batman
- batman, gotham city
0
Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
0
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
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
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
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
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
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 be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
5
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5