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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 advanced physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We build, learn, communicate, feel, and wonder.
Elaine
- Elaine, Maryland
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To be a human, it means to have strong beliefs and feelings, and to express yourself in anyway you like.
Meghan
- Meghan, New Jersey
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Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
Me
- Me, Here
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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
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To be human is to learn from your mistakes. Learning about the world and teach others about it. You never learn from perfection
Jess
- Jess, Australia
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being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
5
Two things: Hand with opposable thumb, and the HABITUAL upright striding gait. Big brains, tool making, morals and civilization came later.
Charles F Stembridge
- Charles F Stembridge, Oregon, USA
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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To be intelligent and curious enough to look for answers...and arrogant enough to think we know what the questions are.
Rodney Whitley
- Rodney Whitley, Opelika, Al.
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Using commerce is one thing that makes humans unique.
Lizzy
- Lizzy, Florida
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A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
Being human, is just being human,
Julia
- Julia, bob, minnesota
4
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
4
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To use eating utencils... some of the time
Meghan
- Meghan, Alexandria, VA
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To use critical thinking skills.
Tracy
- Tracy, Ohio
0
To be a curious specie
Aamir
- Aamir, Pakistan
0
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
5
To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
5
Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
5
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
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
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
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5