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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 to love and be loved. It is the ability to feel compassion for all living things and to act in their best interest.
Jan Aubrey
- Jan Aubrey, Milwaukee
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I thimk therefore I is
Reynard D'Argent
- Reynard D'Argent, California
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To be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
Jessica
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
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It means to have the ability to make rational decisions, and to differentiate what's right from wrong.
eduardo
- eduardo, Missouri
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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 able to reflect on what you know and feel
George McCarthy
- George McCarthy, Austin, Texas
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we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
5
What I think it means to be human is intelligent and creative creatures. Also we are strong and healthy human beings to.
Jalen Bruce
- Jalen Bruce, Sprigfield,Mass
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There is a lectotype for Homo sapiens, see the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature website. It's Carl Linneaus.
Dave
- Dave, London
2
To be human is to be a highly adaptable intelligent and self aware hominid.
Xander
- Xander, California
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To Learn, to Love, to live by concern for others and search for our own set Task Before Leaving...
Rangsil
- Rangsil, India
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Humans have an advanced written language. The idea of religion is another solely human trait. Humans have the ability to set moral values.
SS Grade 7 Class A
- SS Grade 7 Class A, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
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To try and understand
Brendan
- Brendan, Ireland
1
To be human is the ability to ask the question, "What does it mean to be human?"
Lauren
- Lauren, Brighton, CO
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
To be human means You love another human because what You feel.
sims
- sims, brock middle school
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It means to be created in God's image, but imperfect.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Pennsylvania
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Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
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To think about our choices.
Mark T.
- Mark T., Worcester, MA
1
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
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
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 kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
5
abstract reason, speech, cooperation, culture, art, creativity-invention; bipedal vertebrate upright stature, thumbs, airbreather, omnivore
Joann
- Joann, White Plains NY
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
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
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5