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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 a human is to reproduce to pass on our adaptations and mutations to future generations
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , Phoenix Arizona
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To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
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To be human is to ask, "What does it mean to be human?"
Tom
- Tom, Memphis, TN
1
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 share a genetic kinship with billions of other souls, while striving to a part of a community larger than yourself.
Dale
- Dale, Murfreesboro, TN
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To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5
opposable thumbs
jacob
- jacob, haverhill
0
Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
1
To be able to learn individually, from each other and collectively and to pass on the knowledge to the next generation.
Jagan Mohan R
- Jagan Mohan R, Pondicherry, India
0
Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
5
To have an identity, and to understand this concept.
Greg Leonard
- Greg Leonard, Boston
0
Human Neural Plasticity: intelligence, time-sense, ingenuity, advanced socialization, culture, conceptual synthesis, logic, domestication.
S Churchill
- S Churchill, Washington State
3
Being human is just one more peculiar trait of animal evolution
Cristian
- Cristian, Spain, Madrid
1
To be human is to be able to play god, we are able to give life, make life and take life away.
andrew shely
- andrew shely, New York
1
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
5
The fact that we destroy our enironment in the name of progress when every other animal lives in sync with nature. Progress?
Greg
- Greg, Kansas City, MO USA
0
To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Crosby
- Angus Crosby, Hong Kong
0
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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To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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To have life
Alexander Simpson
- Alexander Simpson, brock middle schhol
0
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
To know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
to be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
the ability to change the world
Lizzy Case
- Lizzy Case, Downingtown, PA
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
5
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
5
Flawed. Destructive. Creative. Self-Aware. Self-Concious. Dumb. Smart. Good. Bad. Self-important and self-demeaning. Lost. Confused
Kelly
- Kelly, Ohio
5
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
5
Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
5
Humans (and some of our ancestors) are the only animals that can use and manipulate fire.
Sean
- Sean, Portland, OR
5
One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
5
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
5