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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 means to be an ancestor from early Homo species.
Grace
- Grace, Raleigh, NC
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It means we are smarter with the ability to use symbolic language and we must survive on technology or we could be extinct or endangered.
Morgan Berard
- Morgan Berard, Maine
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Abstract thinking
Radu Mihai Turcu
- Radu Mihai Turcu, Bukarest , Romania
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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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Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
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There is a lectotype for Homo sapiens, see the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature website. It's Carl Linneaus.
Dave
- Dave, London
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Reasoning, careing and surviving.
William whittaker
- William whittaker, Palm bay fl. U.S.A
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That we are capable of making a mistake!
Salty dog
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
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To be human is all about performances. Because life is never a rehearsal.
Leo Pramasatya
- Leo Pramasatya, Indonesi
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The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
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It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
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we aren't humans beings trying to be spiritual, we're spiritual beings trying to be human.
Sapeins
- Sapeins, Sapeins
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choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
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To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
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to be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
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To have emotion, to be individuals and to have intelligence.
Jade
- Jade, QLD, Aus
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To be human is to be a reflection of the One who made me - an image bearer of the Creator (God).
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Greenville, SC
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A living organism that possess characteristics, such as the ability to walk, talk and adapt to many situations
Shawn, Shannon, Jameliah
- Shawn, Shannon, Jameliah , Owings Mills,
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To be human is 2 have a body specialized to our needs. 1 need is communication. The hominins yelled. We communicate differently now.
MCZF
- MCZF, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
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To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
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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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it means to love one another
wazzup
- wazzup, u.s. vermont
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To be human is to understand at a higher level of cognition one that involves not only intellect but morals the effects of our actions.
Zainab
- Zainab, Boston
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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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Self-awareness of mortality and denial of that truth through the use of religion.
Bodygrace
- Bodygrace , Texas
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Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
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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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Being aware, along a continuum of greater comprehension, of oneself and other “selves” as a part of and apart from everything else.
Barbara Norton
- Barbara Norton, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
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To think,to love people, to explore,to learn
YU-CHIEH
- YU-CHIEH , Taiwan
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To live as Jesus walked
Reuben Rinaldi
- Reuben Rinaldi, Downing town, Pa
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To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
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to connect your mind with the minds of all the human species.
Anfal m.
- Anfal m., Arabia
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With are brains we con think and make the world better
Dylan & Dennis
- Dylan & Dennis, Bristol, Wisconsin
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We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
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To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
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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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it means to have fun
maryam yahaya
- maryam yahaya, saudi arabia
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To be able to make your own decisions, having a moral conscious, to live out your God given will.We can breath, eat, talk, and create.
Victoria
- Victoria , Washington
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Having a big brain (over 1300 Grams) and superior inteligence!
Carlos ACamargo MD
- Carlos ACamargo MD, Stanford CA
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