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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 wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
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Humans are a unique species that are capable of feel emotions, believe in something, create complex things and have the freedom of choice.
Luis
- Luis, South Carolina
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Having a conscience
Mary Miller
- Mary Miller, New York State
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It means that we still share 98% of our genes with chimpanzees. We are not much different than the other species in the animal kingdom.
Curtis
- Curtis, South Carolina
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Being human is above all a social condition. Our knowledge, collaboration, and competition has distinguished us as human.
Giselle
- Giselle, Portland, OR
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It means that you need to learn, help, be kind, and to be super calm.
John
- John, NYC, New York
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To have the ability to love and be loved despite knowledge and understanding of flaws and failures.
Mom
- Mom, Dacula, GA
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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We are all whatever we decide we are and we are each what we decide we are. Decide to be a miracle.
Jim
- Jim, Kitchener
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to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
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To be human, means to be a living organism with emotional, mental, and physical capacities.
Nicole
- Nicole, Michigan
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To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
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To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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To be human is to be curious, smart, and above all able to communicate.
Jacob
- Jacob, Portland, OR
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To be human is to try to figure out what makes us different from everything else.
Alana B
- Alana B , Honolulu, HI
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BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
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Being human means being able to be frightened and amazed by your world at the same time.
Joe Flynn
- Joe Flynn, Burtonsville, Maryland
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They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
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To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
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Humans evolved so that one day we can learn the truth revealed by the present.
Towlie
- Towlie, Alaska
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The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
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To know love
Nathan
- Nathan , Washington
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It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
Brian K
- Brian K, Maryland
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"To be human is to be corrupt, it goes hand and hand."
Stacy
- Stacy, Alabama
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To be able to share the life, feel love!
Estefania
- Estefania, MEXICO
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Being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness.
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
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to be human we have to be domeinit and intelligent in order to survive and know how to survive
kevin
- kevin, new york
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I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
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i think to be human means that we are capable of discovering new inventions of out own.
LUKE HEMMINGS
- LUKE HEMMINGS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
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To be part of a species that has developed a sense of purpose and direction, but to largely not recognize that those are misplaced.
Dave Nug McKay
- Dave Nug McKay, Australia
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To be human, you have all the characteristics of a human, we are the top of the food chain
Jim
- Jim, Alaska
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Manipulating natural elements–agriculture: a huge factor in the development not only of the human species, but the world as a whole.
Isabelle
- Isabelle, College Park, MD
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Being human is to live and explore the world and everything around you.
Rachel
- Rachel, Portland, OR
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Be aware of yourself and your environment and discover you can hurt others for your own profit.
Alexander
- Alexander, Barcelona
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l'umano rappresenta la fase terminale dell'evoluzione.
BULZOMI VINCENZO
- BULZOMI VINCENZO, GENOA,ITALY
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To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
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To be human is to be able to love
Park
- Park , Colorado
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Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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We teach; we can take anothers' perspective; and we not only perceive relationships between things, we invent them.
Davy Neyder
- Davy Neyder, Toronto
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