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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 to be fated to be recognized as the same species with people who govern your life without your permission
Chris
- Chris, European Union
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The desire to explore and understand our surroundings and the world around us, to feel passion/emotion towards/with others in our society.
Patricia Lee
- Patricia Lee, Wayne, PA
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Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
1
to be human means to reproduce and have a female or male spouse
john
- john, denver
1
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
To lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
0
To be put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
0
To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
0
Means to be humble and accept the fact that we are not perfect and we depend on all living things to survive.
Austin P
- Austin P, Roosevelt HS Portland
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Being human is a person that is distinguished from an animal.
garen
- garen, washungton dc
0
Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
0
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
0
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
We are a part of a larger living organism. The Universe. We have a small part to play. Maybe the pollanation of other planets.
Michael O'Neill
- Michael O'Neill, Ireland
0
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 able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
4
Have opposable thumbs
Yo Mama
- Yo Mama, Yo Mama
0
It means nothing. Even a human raised by wolves, with little conception of emotion or self-awareness is still human
Alex Ultahan
- Alex Ultahan, London
3
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
5
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5