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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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To be conscious of our evolution and the effect of our actions and words unto others and the environment.
Helene Tremblay
- Helene Tremblay, Montreal, Quebec
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To be human, means that we are able to partake on a journey using our minds, across planet Earth.
Anna
- Anna, DE
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To be human is to collectively pay homage to the past and create a dynamic future, while being uniquely aware of both.
Dan Chadwick
- Dan Chadwick, Falls Church, VA
5
To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
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To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
5
Being human means to live and interact with the environment.
Maddison
- Maddison, Sigourney, IA
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To shape the world around us.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
0
To be human is wanting to be known and recognized, to change the world, to adapt to surroundings and to be loved by others.
Alvina
- Alvina, California
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Humans are inventive and curious. They care about more then what they have, and that is what it means to be a human.
Melissa
- Melissa , Oregon
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To be human is to live in unison with your environment, not be controlled by it but not have too much control either.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, OR
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To imagine and dream
Sam
- Sam, Uk
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Human means that your alive and you can do lots of things like any regular human knows how to read walk learn new things.
katie
- katie, washington D.C
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To cry salty tears of joy and sorrow.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, Durham NC
0
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
It means to be able to participate in the creative process of evolution.
Tada Gunter
- Tada Gunter, Livonia, Michigan
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Being human means being proud and strong, thankful for living on our planet Earth. That is what it means to be human.
Deegan Winkelman
- Deegan Winkelman, Fraser MI
0
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
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
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
The constant struggle to better our species as a whole. No other species has the comprehension to understand where they stand.
Lance King
- Lance King, Myrtle Beach, SC
5
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5