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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 live life and make the best out of it aprestiate your ancesters
John flax
- John flax, Las angles
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To love, to destroy and to wander
Grace Metcalfe
- Grace Metcalfe, Leeds,West Yorkshire, England
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to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
A living organism that possess characteristics, such as the ability to walk, talk and adapt to many situations
Shawn, Shannon, Jameliah
- Shawn, Shannon, Jameliah , Owings Mills,
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To be a living, walking, talking, creature who has artifical inteligence
Max
- Max, Cambridge, MA
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Homo Sapiens
Jorge
- Jorge, Argentina
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at least in part it means being able to ponder what it means to be human!
Sis
- Sis, Ladoga
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to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
Humans are like most other hunks of mobile meat except some of them have a dream inside...
Brad G
- Brad G, Philadelphia, PA
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To be human is to have many flaws but to learn and grow from our mistakes.
Kyla Vigdor
- Kyla Vigdor, Washington DC
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being amoral, and raised like a sheep under control of powerful organizations that have ruled throughout the ages passed.
Azoth
- Azoth, Arizona
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Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
Me
- Me, Here
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our bodies can digest almost any kind of food, and we don't have to live in one area because our bodies can adapt to different climates
Paris
- Paris, Rock hill
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Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
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ethics, morality & the ability to reason
Lynn Aylward
- Lynn Aylward, Gainesville, FL
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I think being human means being an individual and not having someone like you. Unique, is another word I would use to describe being human.
Dalila Solorio
- Dalila Solorio, Lake Elsinore , California
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To be human is to be bipedal, be intellegent, and an individual. Also to communicate and have your own characteristics.
Imani
- Imani, The Renaissance School
4
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 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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be born, contribute/improve mother earth, discover, reproduce.
adrian
- adrian, florida
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
To have opposable thumbs and and the knowledge to use them to the greater good of the universe
Stephanie
- Stephanie, KY
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5