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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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It is the ability to share who you think you are and what you have done with your friends and family.
Bruce Gangnath
- Bruce Gangnath, Fallbrook, Ca
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To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
To be human is to be aware of our Creator, we are all made in the image of God! And made for a purpose.
Elizabeth Coakley
- Elizabeth Coakley, Sterling, CO
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
being human is to live and learn and love why you can
janae long
- janae long, 38301
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We are human to discover and use those discoveries to make us so much smarter and develop new life skills.
Yarden Sasson
- Yarden Sasson, High Tech Los Angles
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Maybe humans aren't primates...Maybe primates are humans.
Jade Starr Davis
- Jade Starr Davis, Pa,USA
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Our need to understand our enviroment and the world around us.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle , Washington DC
0
Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
5
a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
Sean
- Sean, Torrance
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to think
ahmef
- ahmef, uae
0
to be human is to be the best creature on earth. we have the best of everything on earth.
kermit
- kermit, columbia, sc
0
Humans communicate by complex language, thoughts and being creative. We celebrate different cultures, beliefs and customs.
Maheshi Gammanpila
- Maheshi Gammanpila, Los Angeles
0
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
Being human means that we are a highly specialized and evolved being capable of sharing culture through language.
Maddie
- Maddie, Austin, TX
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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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Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
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To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
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
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
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
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
Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
5
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
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
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
To sing.
Colette
- Colette, Potomac, MD
5
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5