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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 spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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It means to have a moral sense.
John
- John, WA
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Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
Curiosity and the ability of being able to discover and making sense out of our world.
Shane Huynh
- Shane Huynh, Santa Barbara
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being humans mean to have control of emotions,having to be able to make strong structers,and last to have conplex minds.
April
- April, springfield
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It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
The only life force known to stay busy trying to figure itself out.
Robert Ratliff
- Robert Ratliff, Boone, NC
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power hungry struggle for knowledge quenched by the inevitable death
micheal jones
- micheal jones, brantford
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To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
As humans we have the ability to comprehend that we exist with millions of other species and that our actions affect all living things.
Greg L
- Greg L, Memphis, TN
0
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
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To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
4
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
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 cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
0
To have the gift of seeing our own uniqueness and yet our oneness and interconnectedness with all else on the planet
Joshua Courtenay
- Joshua Courtenay, Sheffield University
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To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
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being human means understanding that we do not control the world The earth controls us.-Michael,Omaha,NE
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
5
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
5