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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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We have the ability to make- beer! No other species can do that. *cheers*
Eureka
- Eureka, Malaysia
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Unfortunately, to be human is to have the capacity to act against nature. No other creature can commit such acts.
G. Bernard Sawyer
- G. Bernard Sawyer, Stone Mountain, GA. USA
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We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
5
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
5
To be human means to belong to the Homo sapiens species, although not always we are wise.
Carla Mello
- Carla Mello, São Paulo, Brazil
1
Being curious about the universe, our creator and how we are formed billion years ago.
Curiosity
- Curiosity , Milky Way
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having the capacity to plan for the future, wonder, express ourselves creatively and the feel compassion for others
Olivia K
- Olivia K, Melbourne, Australia
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To have the ability to make social and emotional bonds.
Melody
- Melody, Los Angeles, USA
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Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
To know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
5
our bodies can digest almost any kind of food, and we don't have to live in one area because our bodies can adapt to different climates
Paris
- Paris, Rock hill
0
The desire to explore and understand our surroundings and the world around us, to feel passion/emotion towards/with others in our society.
Patricia Lee
- Patricia Lee, Wayne, PA
0
Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
0
To Learn, to Love, to live by concern for others and search for our own set Task Before Leaving...
Rangsil
- Rangsil, India
0
With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
5
Humans are he transfer vehicle to complete earths long journey ahead, earth was always here and always be
Teddy the Greek
- Teddy the Greek, boston
0
To seek new knowledge, to explore the world around us and within us, to be a part of a whole, to speak, to feel, to see and to interact.
Ketill Ingólfsson
- Ketill Ingólfsson, Selfoss, Iceland
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Being able to discover and learn about the wonders and beauty of this natural world. Enjoying this life for what it is.
Jake Murtaugh
- Jake Murtaugh, Arizona
1
is to live life an to be 1 of a kind or follow the herd to create from your imagination and bring it to reality to leave a mark or fade away
Jermain.L
- Jermain.L, ny,New york
0
To just be you and enjoy life
matthew
- matthew, Astoria, OR
0
To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
5
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
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
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5