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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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Everyone is different. We all see, speak, hear, look, and even feel different. We learn more as we grow physically and mentally.
Carrie F
- Carrie F, Roosevelt High School
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Unfortunately, to be human is to have the capacity to act against nature. No other creature can commit such acts.
G. Bernard Sawyer
- G. Bernard Sawyer, Stone Mountain, GA. USA
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To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
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have more advanced cognitive skills able to reason
shania
- shania, washington state
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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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Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
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Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
5
It means you think being human is special.
Viveka
- Viveka, San Jose
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Are we human or are we dancers?
the killers
- the killers, music,
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Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
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a mammal who got a large brain relative to body size, uses tools, communicates, and is aware of his/her existence. (self-recognition)
Abed
- Abed, Iran
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A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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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 means having the ability to think and feel complexly, whilebeing able to respond to our natural instincts like other beings.
Bradley
- Bradley, Belleville, Il
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It means you are living and have purpose.
Kalyn
- Kalyn, New Hampshire
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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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To be human means to love and be compassionate. It means being a team player for survival.
Amanda
- Amanda, Camden, Ohio
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to be human you need to be able to respond and communicate between other people within the race of you.
charlie knight
- charlie knight, sydney
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It means being conscious of being so, and yet not knowing exactly what does it mean, unless you decide that meaning. (which for me, is love)
Jesus
- Jesus, Peru
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To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
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Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
5
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5
To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
5
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
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it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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
The constant struggle to better our species as a whole. No other species has the comprehension to understand where they stand.
Lance King
- Lance King, Myrtle Beach, SC
5
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
5