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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 is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
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constituting the only known form of organised matter in which the universe has become conscious of itself, in other words self-reflexive
Wim van Binsbergen
- Wim van Binsbergen, Haarlem the Netherlands
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Being human means being the last natural evolution step towards intelligence. The next step being artificial, not "natural", evolution.
Jorge L S Leão
- Jorge L S Leão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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To know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
To have the ability to differentiate your actions and consequences.
Jon
- Jon, Maryland
1
To contemplate consequences and challenge one another to act beyond the dictates of instinct.
Mimosa
- Mimosa, Skokie, Illinois
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To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
We are bipedal. We make tools and we use fire. Also we stay in an organized group and we also feel emotion.
Shea
- Shea, Lexington ma
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To proceed in daily life not just to survive but to strive to understand the world around me.
Derek Hammonds
- Derek Hammonds, Gahanna, OH
1
Walk upright, learn and share information, and shape the world around is
Carson
- Carson, Coronado, CA
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To have the ability to record thoughts, history and ideas.
James
- James, Maryland
1
to be human is different from other homo sapiens, our characteristics are different as well as our cognitivie thinking and our emotions.
Esperanza F. Clark
- Esperanza F. Clark, Texas
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To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
We are people who evolved and work hard for jobs and for young.
Eva
- Eva, Fredericksburg, VA
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Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
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War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
to be aware that life existed before you and it will go on without you.
Tony
- Tony, Edmond, OK
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To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
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To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
4
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
5
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
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
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
5
To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
5
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
5
It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5