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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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A bipedal primate with the ability to ask the question "who and what am I".
David L. Jones
- David L. Jones, Ga.
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It means to have the ability to make rational decisions, and to differentiate what's right from wrong.
eduardo
- eduardo, Missouri
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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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To be human is to live by more than just a fight or flight instinct.
Jane Doe
- Jane Doe, Boston, MA
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I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
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The ability to learn, teach, share and copy each other to develop deeper meaning in the information we have by combinding ideas.
Wathana
- Wathana, Northern VA
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to be human you need to be able to respond and communicate between other people within the race of you.
charlie knight
- charlie knight, sydney
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To have a soul.
John
- John, Wherever Jesus is
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To be able to comprehend at a reasonable level
Cole
- Cole , NC
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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
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The skill to surpass anything in our way using our minds.
Rhett Torralba
- Rhett Torralba, St. Louis, Missouri
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the ability to plan, figure things out and then being able to do them as no other animal can
Tom C
- Tom C, Syracuse, NY
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To realize how much beauty there is in the world
Ivet
- Ivet, Boston
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Versatility and creativity.
Victoria Ayers
- Victoria Ayers, Willaimsport PA
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To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
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Being a human means you're only able to do limited things. You have hands and you're able to walk.
Mary
- Mary, OR
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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
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We wear clothes. What other creature does?
Henry Norr
- Henry Norr, Berkeley, CA
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To be human means nothing more than just being human. The secret of life is, there is no secret. We are human, so we do human things.
William Dodson
- William Dodson , Concord NC
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It is a bounty of characteristics with a mind which can infinitely follow actions of any kind and wrap itself in amazing or melancholy skin.
David Brault
- David Brault, New York
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To be human is to be complex, to think to your full capacity, to strive to be the best, and to make a change to the world we live in.
Morgan
- Morgan , New Braunfels, Tx
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Being human means we have beliefs, customs, and can express our thoughts and emotions through language. We have advanced in tools.
Hannah
- Hannah, California
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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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Plan for the future; consider abstract thoughts; empathize. Have & share spiritual beliefs. Organize goals and reflect.
slugs
- slugs, Palmdale, CA
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Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
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To love one another & what the earth has to offer for us to make the most of our lives while we are alive...
johnny Picht
- johnny Picht, rockville
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Being human is being able to read, hear or see something and then being able to feel emotion from it.
Inigo
- Inigo, Australia
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Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
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Being human means to explore our unique endurance and drive that insured our survival and evolution to become the society we are today.
Catrina
- Catrina, Texas
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To have the intelligence mixed with curiosity to destroy the need for religions.
Jordan Allen
- Jordan Allen, Lawrenceville, PA
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to live a life in search for answers and contentment whilst being prone to sickness,injury, accidents and eventually death.
Jessica
- Jessica, Australia
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A being distinguished from animals by having a soul.
Tony
- Tony, MD
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to make life more complicated
justin credible
- justin credible , your mom's
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to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
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To know love, ethics and do non-survival but hard efforts.
the thinker
- the thinker, uk :0)
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Human is the only one who asks " where I am from and is there anything for me after I die ?. Answer - No...human is just space dust...
Behzad
- Behzad , Melbourne, Australia
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We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
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To me, being human means you can walk upright, have a large brain and being able to feel emotions.
Rachel, age 15
- Rachel, age 15, Boston, MA
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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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to be a free man to discover to explore to care for all
s
- s, new york
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