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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 that you are able to communicate past unintelligible grunts and gurgles, also only species has its own stock market.
FrizzantE
- FrizzantE, Alberta
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To have certain characteristics that no other primate shows.
Bernard Niesen
- Bernard Niesen, Los Angeles, California
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Being human is so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
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To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
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hunger for knowledge love family friends experience success self improvement caring wonder explore, & that special feeling in our soul
Randy
- Randy , Michigan
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Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
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To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
Dion
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
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To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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To communicate with others and to express our ideas in order to engage in collective learning.
Ben Passey
- Ben Passey, Sydney, Aus
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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
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To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
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To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Crosby
- Angus Crosby, Hong Kong
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to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
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Being human means to have religous thought,such as burying dead.Humans have a very advanced language.Imagination is key to advancement.
SS Grade 7 Class Bob
- SS Grade 7 Class Bob, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
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Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
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To embrace the traits that make us unique within the animal kingdom, and use them well.
Savannah Johnston
- Savannah Johnston, Burlington, Ontario
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To be compassionate and cognitive. A sentient being with frightining knowledge and apocalyptic capabilities.
Jarrad
- Jarrad, Roma, Queensland
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To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
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I think it means having emotions of anger sadness and empathy. It also means loving people.
Tapiwa Banganayi
- Tapiwa Banganayi , Sacred Heart College
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to be able to have & express emotions in words & body language, and to understand the emotions of others by their words & body language
Rachel
- Rachel, United States
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To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
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I think two attributes separate humans from other species - intuition and conscience. Both have intellectual and social implications.
anirban bandyopadhyay
- anirban bandyopadhyay, New York, USA
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Being an expression of the totality of the universe.
Ena
- Ena, South Africa
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To be a human means to have the ability to love
Kate
- Kate, PA
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Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
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Humans are able to misconstrue reality and form an infinite amount of outcomes within our heads. No other animal has this capability.
Jason Peixoto
- Jason Peixoto, California, United States
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To BE Human is to Love. To simply and wholly Love.
Jacob
- Jacob, Kentucky
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It means that you can wonder about what it means to be human
Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson
- Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson, Israel
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to be able to have coomon sense, some sort of religion, abstract thinking abilities, and an ability of speech
john phillips
- john phillips, st.louis
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being human means that you can think for yourself, you make mistakes, you can decide rationally, and you have instincts.
Jasmine Watson
- Jasmine Watson, United States of America
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To be a human means to be able to understand. Understand your surroundings and what makes up who you are as a human.
Alisha
- Alisha , Coronado, Ca
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To be human is to be either the apex of the cosmos or the apex of God's creation.
Ryan
- Ryan, Pennsylvania
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To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
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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
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Years ago we developed our brains, bodies, tools and social connections to help us live in harmony with the earth and grow as a species.
RD
- RD, PLAINVILLE, CT
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What it means to me to be human is to do the things that interest you. You only have one life so why not do the things you want to do?
Bryan Lomeli
- Bryan Lomeli, Torrance, CA
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To be Bipedal, have a community, and use tools
shymon
- shymon, Massachusetts
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Soon we'll become something else, as those before us.We share with the universe, expanding beyond our comprehension so dance & make music
Bo Svoronos
- Bo Svoronos, Melbourne, Australia
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