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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 connect your mind with the minds of all the human species.
Anfal m.
- Anfal m., Arabia
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The joy of existence in an elevated plane of understanding and our shame in not being able to find our footing in that plane
Donald
- Donald, Arizona
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To show human qualities, not just being born a biological human. To have a better judgement of life and be there for others.
Nat
- Nat, New York
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To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
what means to be a human is that it means god was the person who made everyone and me.
briana
- briana, 1/82 favona road mangere
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Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Torrance
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To grasp with a thumb tools to till the soil, tools to hunt, tools to create and destroy.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, North Carolina
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We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
To seek eternal happiness and have kindness and compassion for all positivity and life around us.
Ashley
- Ashley, UK
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Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5
to be able to have & express emotions in words & body language, and to understand the emotions of others by their words & body language
Rachel
- Rachel, United States
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To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
5
To care, to wonder, to seek.
Olivia Groshong
- Olivia Groshong, Los Angeles Ca
3
That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
0
Human means that your alive and you can do lots of things like any regular human knows how to read walk learn new things.
katie
- katie, washington D.C
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Being human means making mistakes...and learning from them.
Brian Estarella
- Brian Estarella, Lancaster california
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To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
The constant need to find a power outside of ourselves, a religious belief. This sets humans apart from all other animals
Heather hanly
- Heather hanly, Sydney, Australia
4
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
5
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 ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
5
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
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
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