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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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Being Humans means that we use can use symbolic language and that we used collective learning to leave our homeland (Africa)
Jacob Montgomery
- Jacob Montgomery, Maine
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we have an education that will take us through the right paths and get good things out of it.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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To be Bipedal, have a community, and use tools
shymon
- shymon, Massachusetts
0
Being an expression of the totality of the universe.
Ena
- Ena, South Africa
0
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 made in the image of God the being who spoke stars into existence
kelsey
- kelsey, virginia
0
Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
To be human means to have a purpose, it means to do what you were made to do.
bianca
- bianca, Sigourney, IA
0
We knowingly over-use and destroy our resources, and do nothing.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
Humans have the ability to learn, problem-solve, recognize a different perspective and to create new thoughts….all at the same time.
Scott
- Scott, Montana
0
Being human is having the ability to form complex thoughts that create the meaningful out of the meaningless. It's a path-dependent process!
Abraham Gutierrez
- Abraham Gutierrez, Ontario, CA
0
It means your a homo sapien
name
- name, everywhere
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Being a human means to have the ability to use our brain to collect the resources from like, the the outside world to stay alive.
Alexis Pedro
- Alexis Pedro, woodburn
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Being human is making a lot of mistakes but learning from them and building off of them and developing as much as possible.
Erin A.
- Erin A., Roosevelt High School, Portland, OR
0
Humans have acquired a sense of awareness; we are guided by a conscience; and we retain knowledge throughout life. It’s a great opportunity.
ASHLEY
- ASHLEY, TX
0
Our ability to live and let others live ultimately makes us humans.
Dario
- Dario, Sunnyside, New York
0
To create knowledge.
Ben
- Ben, MD
0
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
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
To have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
5
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
To have a soul specially created by God. To be made in God's image.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
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
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5