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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 be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
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To be human means to use our minds and instincs swell.
Benjamin Ryan
- Benjamin Ryan, Massachusettes, Springfield
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to share knowledge no matter what that might be.
anon
- anon, theinterwebz
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Being human involves interdependence. We depend on one another for emotional support, for employment, for food. The list is endless.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
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To have the gift of seeing our own uniqueness and yet our oneness and interconnectedness with all else on the planet
Joshua Courtenay
- Joshua Courtenay, Sheffield University
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Abstract thought.
Sam
- Sam, Hertfordshire, UK
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To live, to cry, to die, to eat and to sleep. Caring for one another. Having each others back. To be social.
Andrew Campbell
- Andrew Campbell , Northern Ireland
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To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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it means to be cool and smart
dat boi
- dat boi, space
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Animal that doesn't think it's an animal. To destroy, to experience emotion and feeling.
Ashley
- Ashley, South Dakota
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To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
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it means we are the superior beings on this giant planet.
ashlee righter
- ashlee righter, philadelphia
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It means you breathe oxygen and bleed blood.
Amy
- Amy, Purvis
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To be human is to experience emotions. To feel everything. To be conscious, and aware. Understand what many things/others cannot.
Lexy Alcantar
- Lexy Alcantar, McAllen, TX
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By nature w are created in God's image, this is evidenced by that we are rational free beings unlike all other animals in the world
Mike McKinstry
- Mike McKinstry, England
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it means to know exactly the limits in a society and community we live in. would behave as we wanted others to behave to us.(most of us)
ahmad ansari
- ahmad ansari, iran.arak
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To be a human, it means to have strong beliefs and feelings, and to express yourself in anyway you like.
Meghan
- Meghan, New Jersey
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The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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A sentient being that has transcendental quality to connect and to 'see' beyond and be homey with it.
chintya huanguos
- chintya huanguos, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
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Animal that doesn't think it's an animal. To destroy, to experience emotion and feeling.
Ashley
- Ashley, South Dakota
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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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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It's about shared symbolic worlds--images, language, sensations.
Diana
- Diana, Virginia
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Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
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I think it means to develop further and evolve on an intellectual and spiritual level and as we evolve our technology will improve as well.
Ila Naidoo
- Ila Naidoo, Sacred Heart College , Observatory
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To be human is to live out a Christlike life understanding that we will never be like God Himself nor truly understand all that He is.
Kristine
- Kristine, Guam
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To be human is to love and hate, to be empathetic and ignorant, and to live rationally and irrationally.
Kevin Danchisko
- Kevin Danchisko, Unknown
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To be capable of the best and the worst...self sacrificing altruism, and murderous contempt.
Stacey
- Stacey, Maryland
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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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To learn more about the world than what is needed to survive. To explore for the sake of exploration.
Joe Keiper
- Joe Keiper, Martinsville, VA
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To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
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It is a 30,000 year old hand print with red on the side to show the hand print it was on an light brown rocky wall
To be a human means that you to write, to understand of what the humans say. You learn how to respect to love and be the best you can be.
Joe
- Joe, California, Ca
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It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
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Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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To have an identity, and to understand this concept.
Greg Leonard
- Greg Leonard, Boston
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To be human is to mistake yourself for everything but an ape in plainclothes
Brad G
- Brad G, Madrid, Spain
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Neanderthals were apparently better care givers to their elderly than Homo republicanensis, that other archaic primate
Gerry
- Gerry, Nebraska
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To be human is to think and be aware of your thinking process. To be human is to respond and to calculate your responses.
Viqar. H
- Viqar. H, New York
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Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
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