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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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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 have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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To Know Who We Are, Explore the world, get lost and find ourselves, lying beneath our soul.
Jasmine V
- Jasmine V, RHS Portland Oregon
1
it means that you have skin and that you can speak one of the many languages of the world
blah
- blah, europe
0
Understand the world and act to better our future and do good to others. 'Greater' talents come with greater responsibilities
mik
- mik, mauritius, indian ocean
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To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
1
Our remarkable ability to adapt to the new environment.
Dzemila
- Dzemila, Arap-Ward
3
There is no meaning. Nothing that is supernatural exists.
Gregory Breytenbach
- Gregory Breytenbach, Australia
0
to be human means to stick together keep are earth clean come as one and be gods children no matter what you belive in
lynn
- lynn, atlanta,georgia
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
Being alive and breathing and imagining new technologies.
Émilie
- Émilie, Richmond, QC
0
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving Universe.
Trisha Freiermuth
- Trisha Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL
4
Our ability to think of this answer. Our ability to lie, love, compare and contrast. To create and invent. To predict and preprepare.
Matt R
- Matt R, Hudson River Valley, NY
1
the combination of tools and fire and how our evolution was uniquely shaped by tools and fire
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
2
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
To have certain characteristics that no other primate shows.
Bernard Niesen
- Bernard Niesen, Los Angeles, California
0
Being a human means being able to dominate the animal kingdom and to be the top of the food chain.
marty
- marty, washington dc
0
To be human, is to be created in the image and likeness of God, our creator.
Caleb
- Caleb, California
0
Faith and the reason to become a better person each new day.
Valeria Acosta
- Valeria Acosta, Puerto Rico
0
Being human means, having self control, profound intelligence, and being able to express one's self in a variety of ways.
Taylor Gaskins
- Taylor Gaskins, Washington, DC
0
To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To be human is to wonder, to question, to be able to adapt, to have the potential to do great good or great evil, and act on it.
JT
- JT, California
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
To be human means to only be able to do so much. I also agree with andrew shely from new york.
Deziree rosignon
- Deziree rosignon , houston,texas
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
5
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5
To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
5
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5