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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 be an evolution of animals and as we evolved we improved and improved and are smart
Liam
- Liam, Einfield
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The ability to start and control fire In the species natural environment.
Jim R
- Jim R, Denver
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To be human is to be curiouser and curiouser.
David
- David, Escondido, Ca
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
What it means to be human is language.
Kelson
- Kelson, USA
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
5
To be human means to be your own, to have a special, unique personality. It is an honor and every minute of every life should be charished.
Sarah
- Sarah , wilmington, NC
4
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
0
To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
5
To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
0
Red sunny image with a human head depicted as a toaster.
To be human is to be capable of believing in things beyong nature and building churches to praise them.
Henyo Barretto
- Henyo Barretto, Brasília, DF - Brazil
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Humans are animals, and the only thing different that we do than other animals is pay taxes. Therefore to be human means to be taxed.
Laura
- Laura, Dallas
3
To be alive and free to think, act, and experience life.
Hadley
- Hadley, North Carolina
0
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
To be intelligent and curious enough to look for answers...and arrogant enough to think we know what the questions are.
Rodney Whitley
- Rodney Whitley, Opelika, Al.
0
To be human is to have a conscience that can collapse a reality out of an infinity possibilities at each instant of the lifetime.
Gerard
- Gerard, Venezuela
0
To be self-aware; to be aware of one's impending death; to worship a being greater than self.
Donna
- Donna, Murfreesboro, TN
5
by encompassing as much as possible to the fullest of your potential while ensuring the positive growth of the world around you .
arnaldo del rio
- arnaldo del rio , madrid
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To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To be human is to wonder, to question, to be able to adapt, to have the potential to do great good or great evil, and act on it.
JT
- JT, California
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
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 human means to only be able to do so much. I also agree with andrew shely from new york.
Deziree rosignon
- Deziree rosignon , houston,texas
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
5
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
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
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5