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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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Humanity is based on consciousness. To be human is to be conscious even if consciously ignoring our consciousness.
Jose Alcaraz
- Jose Alcaraz, Mexico
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To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
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To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
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To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
Me
- Me, Here
0
To be human means to be created in the image of God.
Eric
- Eric, Virginia
1
To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
0
Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
1
Humans communicate in languages, don’t have hair all over the body, express emotions, create and destroy, make judgments, etc.
Lisa Seo
- Lisa Seo, College Park
0
This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
5
To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
0
Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
0
Being human means that we try to understand one another and communicate with each other by speaking languages and writing.
Soha
- Soha, Portland, OR
0
It means that we have the ability to create and cherish the arts, our environment, different species, and each other. Please do so often.
Michael Hollman
- Michael Hollman, Oakland, CA
0
To breathe and circulate blood and have higher thought patterns than lesser animals
Dan
- Dan, Perth
0
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
the human species is the most intelligent species in the world.
ANDREW
- ANDREW, PHOENIX,ARIZONA
0
Being human means making mistakes and learning from them. It also means that you have feelings and are social.
Johanna Siegel
- Johanna Siegel, Washington, DC
2
In order to be human, one must have the ability to communicate, contribute to society, and to have a good conscience.
Jake
- Jake , CA
0
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
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
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
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
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
to be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5