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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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A human being looks like you; has some of the same features as you; has something in common with you.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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To be human is to be complex, beautiful, ecstatic, sad, and hopeful all at once.
bobbie Coverman
- bobbie Coverman, Austin, Texas
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To be human it means to be able to walk up right and communicate with others and to have developed brains.
Trevor
- Trevor , Woodburn High School
0
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
To me humans are creative and innovative. It is those qualities that separated us from other hominid species.
Natasha Zakin
- Natasha Zakin, SWW, DC
4
To have faith.
Alexis
- Alexis, South Carolina
1
Cogito ergo sum.
Johan Mathiesen
- Johan Mathiesen, Oregon
0
To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
to be human is to have the ability to reason...
Young Jimmithin
- Young Jimmithin, Auburn IN
0
To have a written language and the ability to communicate through words and symbols. To be tame yet animalistic when necessary.
Alva Peguero
- Alva Peguero, San Diego, CA
0
To care for others both weaker and stronger than you, even those beyond our species.
Rai Kisaragi
- Rai Kisaragi, Japan
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To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
5
To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
0
To be human means to use our minds and instincs swell.
Benjamin Ryan
- Benjamin Ryan, Massachusettes, Springfield
0
To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
0
being human to means being at the top of the food chain and being the most intelligent living thing on earth
antonio
- antonio , roosevelt high school
1
To err is human. Just kidding. A real human is animalistic, and anything better is not human, but a person regardless of species.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Alaska
0
what it mean to be human is to have skill ,learn ,teach
Bronson and Gio
- Bronson and Gio, Renaissance school
0
Of the homo genus. A superior animal due to our mind and conscious which allows us to think.
Manda
- Manda, Australia
0
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
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
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
5
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5
To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
5
To be human is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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
life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
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