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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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I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
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To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
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To teach... humans were among the first animals to teach their young rather than just show them so they could imitate.
Ra Amsler
- Ra Amsler, Vienna, VA
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To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
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Being human means being a member of the dominant species on planet earth--- and all the awesome responsibilities that go along with that!
Bob
- Bob, Cincinnati, OH
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It means the ability to contemplate the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Pat Best
- Pat Best, Canada
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To have language, use symbols, be innovative, learn from others, use tools, have increased neurons, and complex social dynamics
Brittany M.L
- Brittany M.L, Torrance, CA
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to be human meens to serve your purpose in life
alison
- alison, md
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To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
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Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
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Being human means making mistakes and learning from them. It also means that you have feelings and are social.
Johanna Siegel
- Johanna Siegel, Washington, DC
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To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
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To care deeply about the well being others and be willing to do what ever is necessary to protect and nurture those we care about.
Tom Hunnicutt
- Tom Hunnicutt, Mt. Shasta, California
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As limited resources are available, I must fight, enslave, and control my fellow man before he does it to me.
Frank
- Frank , Middletown, NJ
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What does it mean to be human ? It means survival and domination.
Jeh
- Jeh, Lay
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To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
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We are,were and shall allways be a part of nature.Our thirst for knowledge,instinct to survive and love is infinite,"naturally"
Steve Molachyk
- Steve Molachyk, ON,CA
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Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
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To have a deeper complexity of thoughts, e.g. plan for the future, be aware of the world around us, to think beyond survival/reproduction
Laura
- Laura, London
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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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being human is being original, being different not every human thinks the same or even looks exactly the same.
david g
- david g, portland
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We are humans because we alone can Ask this question"How to Save Mother Earth"?
Sandy
- Sandy, California
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To be human is to realize that if we are not careful our selfish genes could be our undoing.
Becca
- Becca, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
gianni
- gianni, new york
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No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
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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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Human's use collective learning which is a way of sharing information through the use of different languages.
Sophia Moeller
- Sophia Moeller , Redlands School
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To live a life, to make friends, to love one another and to have ups and downs.
Isabela, age 8
- Isabela, age 8, New York
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Human means to be curious for answers to things bigger than us.
Jay
- Jay, Kissimmee, Florida
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To be a being of God through an intelligent process which gives humans the ability to live and thrive.
Dr. Morcease J. Beasley
- Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, Covington, Georgia
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To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
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It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
Josh
- Josh, Astoria,OR
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Apparently for some, having Neanderthal genes. Does this explain our impacted wisdom teeth/orthodontics if you descend from Europe?
Jane
- Jane, Toronto
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The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
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To experience all of life's adventures, such as spending your Friday afternoon doing homework for your college anthropology class..
K
- K, USA
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http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
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Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
Me
- Me, Here
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We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
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To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
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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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