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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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It means to have a relatively advanced brain, and the abilities to interact socially and to evolve based on the surrounding environment.
Iman
- Iman, Portland, OR
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Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
We are apes with language ...with the same biological drives just with sociocultural interpretations
django
- django, ohio
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We wear clothes. What other creature does?
Henry Norr
- Henry Norr, Berkeley, CA
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It is our identity as a species and defines our uniqueness as individuals compared to other species.
Callum Richardson.
- Callum Richardson., Burnley, Lancashire.
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To be human is to be able to not be perfect. To sometimes just give up without fear of death.
Gregor
- Gregor, Portland OR
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It means being able to ask the question "What does it mean to be human?".
Mark
- Mark, Texas
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human, in my eyes, is just the unique-ness of every one and every thing, and having the ability to notice.
"Lizard"
- "Lizard", "Seal"
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To be human is to be a member of the species Homo sapiens.
Millard
- Millard, Earth
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To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To learn, decide, love, and recreate so our offspring may do the same.
Kayelani
- Kayelani, California
0
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
To be both intrigued and afraid of the unknown, and also to feel the desire pursue it.
Aidan
- Aidan, NY
0
Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
5
Human means being able to fill out the "word verfication" blank in order to submit a comment on what it means to be human.
bej
- bej, USA
0
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
Sharing the concepts of compassion, the beauty in art, and to nurture and love one another without ideology.
Mikey
- Mikey, Missouri
0
Abstract thought.
Sam
- Sam, Hertfordshire, UK
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We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
5
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
5