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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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Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Torrance
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Nothing more than what it means for a bird to be a bird
Josehp
- Josehp, Queenstown, Newyork
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Depends what human means. Homo Sapiens? Genetics. Person? Harder -abilities & behavior. Won't really know til we see non-HS person - not yet
jjmcgaffey
- jjmcgaffey, Alameda, CA
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It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
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Being human means that you have to be annoying, aggressive and sly to live.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Cheon
0
Being human being smart, We aren't tougher then other animals. Without tools, symbolic language, way of thinking ect. we would've died out.
Daniel Joseph Marchand
- Daniel Joseph Marchand, Waterville, ME
5
Being humane
Shin
- Shin, Seoul
1
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
What Does It Mean To Be Human
vishal
- vishal, surat
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A human is someone who isn't perfect. Someone who is a anything or anyone they want to be. A human is always different.
Bailey
- Bailey , Raleigh,NC
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Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
The curiosity to learn and the ability to use that knowledge and learn more
Megan
- Megan, Prague
0
human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
gianni
- gianni, new york
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To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
5
to be a human is to walk up straight ,to live life to its fullest.
ANTHONY AND BRANDON
- ANTHONY AND BRANDON, MASS
0
To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
1
To live life can do it well and with confidence
JFK
- JFK, Selby
0
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
To be HUMAN is to experience LIFE with the awareness of TIME. To fulfil one's potential as a HUMAN is to live with Kindness and Wisdom.
Michou
- Michou, England, UK
0
Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
5
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
5
for me being a human is like learning and discovering many things that we don't know.and that makes us strong
allain gorembalem
- allain gorembalem, legapi philippines
5
Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
5
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
5
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
To have a basic goal to expand your bubble of intelligence.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5