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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 human means having a large brain which in turn allows us to be on another level of social interaction and communication.
Tristan
- Tristan, Portland, OR
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Large brains, opposable thumbs, and the ability to kill at a distance
Warren Norton
- Warren Norton, Massillon, Ohio
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To be human means to be a species of high intelligens. A peaceful tipe of animal with the ability to Love <3
Pablo
- Pablo, Lovell
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Seek company, partnership, communication and knowledge. The need know what I am, where I came from and what these things around me are.
Elizabeth Manson
- Elizabeth Manson, Australia, Melbourn
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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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A human being looks like you; has some of the same features as you; has something in common with you.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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Being an expression of the totality of the universe.
Ena
- Ena, South Africa
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To be capable of showing your love for others through words AND actions.
Maria S.
- Maria S., Portland, OR
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To be human is. The body is used so the spirit can experience the 5 senses.
justin
- justin, columbus, ga
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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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To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
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To know that we are ordinary beings
Hillel
- Hillel, Philippines
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To learn, decide, love, and recreate so our offspring may do the same.
Kayelani
- Kayelani, California
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Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
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To be human is to having a higher understanding of what is going on in the world around you.
Jessica Cruz
- Jessica Cruz, Chicago, IL
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Depends what human means. Homo Sapiens? Genetics. Person? Harder -abilities & behavior. Won't really know til we see non-HS person - not yet
jjmcgaffey
- jjmcgaffey, Alameda, CA
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ya got two legs and you walk about with starbucks
batman
- batman, gotham city
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To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
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As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
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To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
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To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
5
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
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Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
I don't know if humans are the only animals that can think about the future, but we're the only ones who can talk about it.
Gerry L
- Gerry L, Beaverton, OR
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Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
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
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To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
5
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5