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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 walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
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It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
1
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
to be human, you need to be a speaking,living, cultural being
Mike
- Mike, USA
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to be a human is to walk up straight ,to live life to its fullest.
ANTHONY AND BRANDON
- ANTHONY AND BRANDON, MASS
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To be human is to be capable of self-reflection and inquiry into the origins of the human phenomenon and human uniqueness
Rachel Z
- Rachel Z, La Jolla, CA
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To be human is to have a complex view of the world with access to technology and social information.
Zach alan
- Zach alan, Portland, Oregon
0
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
to be human is to have sympathy and empathy: while not to be human is to not to have any
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA, USA
1
Our brain and our skull grows allowing our brain to develop Giving us our technology, sensibility, emotions and most importantly our culture
Jessica G
- Jessica G, Roosevelt
0
live, breathe, know people, and survive.
Seamus
- Seamus , Murphy
0
To imagine the impossible
Anaf
- Anaf, Bethesda, MD
5
Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
1
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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
Being curious about the universe, our creator and how we are formed billion years ago.
Curiosity
- Curiosity , Milky Way
0
To have an incredibly large number of choices about our actions, from intentional cruelty of the most extreme degree to transcendence.
Deborah
- Deborah, Minnesota
0
To be organized and inventive, to speak our ideas, to pray to our creator
Steve Taikowski
- Steve Taikowski, Orlando, Florida
0
it means to make mistakes, evolve, learn new ways to do things, grow up. Embrace it. Accept it as it is.
Champagne
- Champagne, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
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
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
To be human means to have human-like qualities, such as all the senses, and a brain. Lips, eyes, hair, and a nose are also essential.
Taylor
- Taylor, Washington, DC
5
to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
5
Being human being smart, We aren't tougher then other animals. Without tools, symbolic language, way of thinking ect. we would've died out.
Daniel Joseph Marchand
- Daniel Joseph Marchand, Waterville, ME
5
To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5