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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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A capacity to wonder.
A Nobody
- A Nobody, England
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Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
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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
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5
Many People,different ages ,all smiling
Being human,Hmm...To love and grow to adulthood and have an education to listen and have a social comunity
Daphne
- Daphne, Woodbridge,Virginia
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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
at least in part it means being able to ponder what it means to be human!
Sis
- Sis, Ladoga
0
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
5
Being human means we have the ability to think, reason and plan. It also means we rarely ever use these abilities.
Michael
- Michael, Madison, Wisconsin
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It means that we are different than other relatives of the chimps.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Bangor,Maine
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To share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
We are aware of our own thinking.
Sarah
- Sarah, Virginia
5
To think logically.
Mason
- Mason, California
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We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
The curiosity to learn and the ability to use that knowledge and learn more
Megan
- Megan, Prague
0
To be human means to be intelligant and to be the dominate species. Also to be able to be in our state of mind.
Courtney
- Courtney, The Springfield Renaissance School
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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
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5
Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5