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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 able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
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to understand the meaning of this question
rosie b-y
- rosie b-y, ithaca N.Y
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To be human is to pondering this very question...
Tamara R. Grayson
- Tamara R. Grayson, Derby, UK
1
Being human means we can reason, feel hope and wonder about everything we don't know...yet.
Drewen Young
- Drewen Young, Powell River, BC, Canada
1
It means to have emotions that we can openly express, and to have the ability to create tools that surpass those of the animals around us
Rhiannon
- Rhiannon, Pennsylvania, USA
0
frighteningly flexible
ug
- ug, ugville
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To be human is to have the ability to be independent and be able to live using any given resource
Kaisley
- Kaisley, California
0
To be human means to be living, breathing, humerous and curious
Jack
- Jack, PA
0
A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
0
to be human means to be the first animal who questions itself and search its own origin
adam
- adam, spain
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To be human is to be on the outside, looking in. To separate from the unity of the universe and become an analyzing observer.
The Phoenix
- The Phoenix, Cheektowaga, New York
0
Being human, is just being human,
Julia
- Julia, bob, minnesota
4
To be human means that we strive for survival and gain knowledge to fill in the blanks of our curiosity.
Jenny R
- Jenny R, California
0
It means I can imagine I'm a horse with my friends.
Olivia, age 4
- Olivia, age 4, Palatine, IL
1
By nature w are created in God's image, this is evidenced by that we are rational free beings unlike all other animals in the world
Mike McKinstry
- Mike McKinstry, England
0
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
Being human is your ability to socialize with others and learn information from others to use to your benefit.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, Oregon
0
Have opposable thumbs
Yo Mama
- Yo Mama, Yo Mama
0
To seek, for what you do not already know may be the most important for the future
Anyone you seek
- Anyone you seek, anywhere you seek
0
to be able to change the future
jeff coe
- jeff coe, arlington va.
5
Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
5
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
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
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
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
Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
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
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5