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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 it means to be able to walk up right and communicate with others and to have developed brains.
Trevor
- Trevor , Woodburn High School
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To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To be human is to not be entirely influenced by instinctual emotions, but also by the light of reason.
John
- John, GA
1
Being human means being part of a modern evolutionary tree that includes some of the most intelligent species to ever live.
Andrew Taylor
- Andrew Taylor, College Park, Maryland
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Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
1
To be consciously aware of yourself and to be capable of using language, feeling complex emotions, and understanding abstract thought.
Dip Patel
- Dip Patel, Ohio State University
0
It is the ability to dream and unlock the secrets of the universe. The ability to refine our morality and make the world a better place.
Michael Martinez
- Michael Martinez, South Dakota
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It means no more or no less than being the dominant species at this moment in time.
Mike
- Mike, Baton rouge
1
to have characters of us homo sapiens
Clarisse
- Clarisse, madagascar
0
Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
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To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
To be human is to learn from your mistakes. Learning about the world and teach others about it. You never learn from perfection
Jess
- Jess, Australia
0
To be human is to embrace your complexity, your mysteriousness, and to fulfill everything you wish on your own. It is to love and be loved.
Marlee
- Marlee, Coronado
0
bacon
ben
- ben, f
0
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
A semi-hairless primate with just enough theory of mind to feel guilty about being an animal...
Jonathan
- Jonathan , Asheville, NC
0
To be human is to love and hate, to be empathetic and ignorant, and to live rationally and irrationally.
Kevin Danchisko
- Kevin Danchisko, Unknown
1
To have life
Alexander Simpson
- Alexander Simpson, brock middle schhol
0
it means that you have skin and that you can speak one of the many languages of the world
blah
- blah, europe
0
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
5
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
To see in other people, thoughts and feeling just like our own.
Cole
- Cole, Abilene, TX
5
They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be a human means to have the ability to love
Kate
- Kate, PA
5
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
5