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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 nothing more than just being human. The secret of life is, there is no secret. We are human, so we do human things.
William Dodson
- William Dodson , Concord NC
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it means to know exactly the limits in a society and community we live in. would behave as we wanted others to behave to us.(most of us)
ahmad ansari
- ahmad ansari, iran.arak
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To be human is to have the most intelligent brain out of the animal kingdom.
Kyle
- Kyle, Kalin
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To question our life as we know it.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Undisclosed
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To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
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We have a brain that has a million gigs of memory. We also the ability of Adaptation we adapt to the environment.
Alex Murphy
- Alex Murphy, High Tech LA
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To be human is to think, feel, see, smell, hear, and taste what the world has to offer
Alex Bykovtsev
- Alex Bykovtsev, Santa Barbara California
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Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
5
Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
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To be human means to walk upright, to have our skeleton shape, being intelegent, andto be unique.
korey
- korey, springfield ma
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To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
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To be human is to be social and, in our society, extend beyond the limits of individuality to live as the knowing of a culture.
Kaleb Smith
- Kaleb Smith, Ishpeming, MI
4
i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
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As limited resources are available, I must fight, enslave, and control my fellow man before he does it to me.
Frank
- Frank , Middletown, NJ
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To be human means to be gifted with the freedom of thought but also burdened with the responsibility of choice.
Lucas
- Lucas, Portland, OR
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making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
To be human is to wonder why we are given consciousness, the strings of emotions and a spirit that soars and to be valued by our tribe.
YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh
- YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh, Boston, MA
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Being human means to be capable of adapting to environment faster then other species, using intellect rather then pure genetics.
Isabel Kireeff
- Isabel Kireeff , São Paulo, Brazil
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To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5