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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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The ability to feel empathy and help the less fortunate to live a life of dignity and respect.
Chak
- Chak, Prakash
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We are humans because that is who we choose to see ourselves as. If we evolve into another species, will we still call ourselves Human?
Jesse
- Jesse, Florida
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A capacity to wonder.
A Nobody
- A Nobody, England
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Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
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to be aware that life existed before you and it will go on without you.
Tony
- Tony, Edmond, OK
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To love one another & what the earth has to offer for us to make the most of our lives while we are alive...
johnny Picht
- johnny Picht, rockville
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To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
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Meaning being one thing that can be overcome others. no human is perfect, but can be better then others.
chaT
- chaT, OR
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To have consciousness.
Maralee
- Maralee, Silver Spring, MD
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Being human means that we try to understand one another and communicate with each other by speaking languages and writing.
Soha
- Soha, Portland, OR
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I Believe that Being able to adapt to all different environment is essential to Being human
David
- David, Portland, Or
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ya got two legs and you walk about with starbucks
batman
- batman, gotham city
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Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be Human is to Understand. To understand our world, to understand each other, to be flawed so we know what it's like to be flawed
Ben.T
- Ben.T, Blackburn HS Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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To be able to use past experiences (ours, our cadre, and forebearers) to determine our actions beyond instictive responses.
Pete
- Pete , VA
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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
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
Thinking, speaking, emotions.
Sandra
- Sandra, Colorado
0
To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
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
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
5
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5