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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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the ability to discern right from wrong. The ability to define and understand good. To think past human nature and the desire to control.
Venancio Duque
- Venancio Duque, Scotch Plains NJ
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love hurts
to be human is to love and hurt
Jonathan Mc Cormack
- Jonathan Mc Cormack, South Africa
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To be human is to be able to share your happiness and your pain, to be human is to wish and regret.
Carlos González DeJesus
- Carlos González DeJesus, Green bay Wi
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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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Besides being a Homo sapiens, I think it means to be resourceful, social, and to have a complex understanding of the world around us.
Nick
- Nick , MD
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To live in a finite world and contemplate infinity.
Mark T
- Mark T, Worcester, MA
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To be human is to be able to worship, to ask critical questions, to aspire.
Corrie
- Corrie , Minnesota
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Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
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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 to have feelings for others and care for who you love
Kendall
- Kendall, Des Moines,Iowa
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Being human means developing complex cultures, religion, and being bipedal which gives room for a complex brain structure.
Kristopher Krohn
- Kristopher Krohn, Mesa, Arizona
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opposable thumbs
jacob
- jacob, haverhill
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To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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To be human is to be made in the image of God.
Bryan
- Bryan, Tennessee
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ability to think and rethink and extrapolate the result of an action in different situations.
pradyot Kr. Biswas
- pradyot Kr. Biswas, Kolkata,India
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Self-awareness of mortality and denial of that truth through the use of religion.
Bodygrace
- Bodygrace , Texas
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freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
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you can't have all the same traits as animals.
Meghan Thomas
- Meghan Thomas, da hood
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To enjoy hot dogs with ketchup and mustard.
Isayah
- Isayah, D.C.
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To be versatile and ever-changing. A sign of humanity is our need for intellectual and social interaction.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, COSTAATT, Trinidad
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Understanding my reason for existance is what makes me human, without that we are just an animal.
Mike Sanders
- Mike Sanders, Brinkley, Ar.
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IIt means having logic and reasoning. That is was truly seperates us
Jedi
- Jedi, Hoth
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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 a human is to be able to think critically and act according to it; to learn and discover things around us; and to live and enjoy life.
Jeanalyn
- Jeanalyn, Illinois
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Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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We ask the question, why?
E
- E, San pedro
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It means to be made in the image and likeness of God, have free will and be blessed with a conscience.
Amanda Tran
- Amanda Tran, Waterville, ME
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We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
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Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
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It means to commit, to face your challenges and fears
No Name
- No Name, no where
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To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
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to share and to take care of one another.
lena
- lena , location
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to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
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Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
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