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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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We are the first species on this planet intelligent enough to be the cause of our own extinction.
Ron
- Ron, Yukon, Canada
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Creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios
Coalserco
- Coalserco, http://bibliafamilia.blogspot.com.es/
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The ability to decide to control our emotions and reactions to stimulus or let them control us.
Bruce
- Bruce, Shenandoah Valley, VA
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"We have the ability to think and feel, and the free will to control them which results in our behavior and actions."
Frank M. Lin
- Frank M. Lin, Taipei, Taiwan
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Being human is having a life that you have to look after at all times you have dutys to do you need to be responsible of your own life.
Seethan
- Seethan, Johannesburg
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Human means to be able to get money everday
deleon
- deleon, carpentersville
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Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
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I hate people.
Jillian
- Jillian, Pensacola
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to be unique individuals
Candice B
- Candice B, bloomington,mn
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We are more than just a physical body and matter. We are able to think deeply, make decisions, and distinguish between right and wrong.
Michaela
- Michaela, Florida
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A human is curious, creative, adaptable, and also closed minded and submissive of the new; in other words humans are self contradictory.
bruce
- bruce, mendocino
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To love and to be loved. To laugh and to cry. To give and to receive. To be human is to live for more than ourselves.
Mel
- Mel, Greenville SC
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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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Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
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two feet, have non-animal features and to not be very hairy like the Homo habilis.
Nereida rios
- Nereida rios, springfield, MA
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To use eating utencils... some of the time
Meghan
- Meghan, Alexandria, VA
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to be one step closer to GOD!
PHILEMON
- PHILEMON, CAPE TOWN, SPUTH AFRICA
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To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To not be dancer
Sarah
- Sarah, Topeka
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The full awareness of self and others.
Walter D. Shultz
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
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obligate bipedalism, complex language, abstract thought
James
- James, London
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To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
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To have consciousness.
Joaquin
- Joaquin, San Luis Potosi, México
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Does being the long-unawaited product of a series of entropic coincidences, carry purpose or meaning?
Nathan
- Nathan, NM
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To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
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Knowing right from wrong, and using your souroundings as an advantage to develop in society
Victoria
- Victoria, USA
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Cause are we human, or are we dancers. The sign is vital. My hands are cold. And im on my knees looking for the answers.
Tom
- Tom, Sheffield
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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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it means that we are more advanced than monkeys
clorissa
- clorissa, new jersey
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being human means having multiple lobes in your brain and using each lobe for different parts of everyday life.
Jesenia H.
- Jesenia H., Portland, Oregon
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To have certain characteristics that no other primate shows.
Bernard Niesen
- Bernard Niesen, Los Angeles, California
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To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
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To seek new knowledge, to explore the world around us and within us, to be a part of a whole, to speak, to feel, to see and to interact.
Ketill Ingólfsson
- Ketill Ingólfsson, Selfoss, Iceland
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it means that we can eat as many cheeseburgers as we wish
hugh mongus
- hugh mongus, in your mom
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Humans are defined by their inquisitiveness to determine their origin.
Hope C. Ostrander
- Hope C. Ostrander, Cortland University, NY
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To be alive and free to think, act, and experience life.
Hadley
- Hadley, North Carolina
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Being a human is having a soul. Knowing the difference between good and evil. And having an a imagination to be creative.
Marilynn
- Marilynn , Needham IN
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Experiencing life in a way that allows us to create culture and adapt our environment to .our needs.
Daniel F. Giallombardo
- Daniel F. Giallombardo, Harvard, IL
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Animals have emotions and intelligence – but what differs humans from them, is the approach to the world of poetry, music, and mathematics
Roland Benn
- Roland Benn, Hamburg FRG
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Being the only species we know who can know that we're spinning along at 1000 miles an hour, and not falling off.
Harry
- Harry, Portland, OR
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