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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 human, is being able to love and hate,to have complicated thoughts and Ideas, but most of all, being able to love.
Bradley
- Bradley, Texas
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It means that you are your own unique person and no one else is like you.
Julia
- Julia, NJ
0
To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
Sean
- Sean, Torrance
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To think, to feel to have empathy, to want more for your children than for yourself
Gavin Brannan
- Gavin Brannan, Mississippi
0
Being human means being part of a modern evolutionary tree that includes some of the most intelligent species to ever live.
Andrew Taylor
- Andrew Taylor, College Park, Maryland
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being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
0
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
Being human is above all a social condition. Our knowledge, collaboration, and competition has distinguished us as human.
Giselle
- Giselle, Portland, OR
0
being human is being original, being different not every human thinks the same or even looks exactly the same.
david g
- david g, portland
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To be human means to cooperate especially in a time of need, to have a growing intelligence, and change the world with new innovations.
AWRDSC
- AWRDSC, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
0
To care for each other and the environment for the latter bonds us all.
Leonard C. Yannielli
- Leonard C. Yannielli, lewenhoek@sbcglobal.net
0
i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
0
To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
5
To love and be loved in return.
Kyle
- Kyle, China
3
If dogs like you and come up to you wagging their tails to be petted, then you are human. :)
RJE
- RJE, Potomac, MD
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
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
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
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
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
5
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
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
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5