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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 is to be capable of believing in things beyong nature and building churches to praise them.
Henyo Barretto
- Henyo Barretto, Brasília, DF - Brazil
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To dream and be more than we are today in the future. To love eachother and to laugh. To design to meet human needs, wants and desires.
Carolynne
- Carolynne, Melbourne, Australia
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Humans have innovation and the ability to improve. They don't stop at adaptation, they continue until what they have is the best for them.
Adam Sharger
- Adam Sharger, High Tech Los Angeles
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Being human means that we have a very large brain size, and can help improve the world.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Philadelphia, PA
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It means that you are an organism who has feelings and can love and be loved peace
Olivia
- Olivia, California
4
It means that we will be replaced by more intelligent beings
Some1
- Some1, Netherlands
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A special creation of God with the life God gives and associated responsibilities
Wale
- Wale, Texas
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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To be a Homo sapiens
Anders Dahl
- Anders Dahl, Technical University of Denmark
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Mark Twain wrote that humans are the only animals that blush.
Kevin Horn
- Kevin Horn, Easton, PA
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To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
0
It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
0
To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
0
being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
5
How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
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To be capable of understanding and deciding, "What it means to be human."
Taylor Vendetta
- Taylor Vendetta, Cape May, New Jersey
2
To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
0
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
To be part of a species that has developed a sense of purpose and direction, but to largely not recognize that those are misplaced.
Dave Nug McKay
- Dave Nug McKay, Australia
0
To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
5
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
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 to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
use and manufacture tools, have a sense of community, have opposable thumbs, and be bipedal. also have a more developed frontal lobe.
Noa the Sapien Sapien
- Noa the Sapien Sapien, San Diego, CA
5
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
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
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5