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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 love and create.
Alex Gutierrez
- Alex Gutierrez, Newburgh
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To be a conscious being, capable of speech and complex thought, as well as emotions and ritual tendencies.
Katelyn
- Katelyn, Canada
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pro gengu
Genji Shimada
- Genji Shimada, Hanamura
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The ability to be good and kind excessively.
Rohan Roger
- Rohan Roger, Harvard University
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Today, to be human is to search for the most fulfilling way to spend the time that our ancestors spent hunting and gathering
Arvin Raj Mathur
- Arvin Raj Mathur, Cleveland, OH
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Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
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What does it mean to be human ? It means survival and domination.
Jeh
- Jeh, Lay
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Well it can mean anything you want it to. Human It dozen't mean anything because "meaning" is wholly subjective.
Roger
- Roger, Montana
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To be human is to have freedom of choice and recognition of one self.
Kira
- Kira, Hawaii
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to be able to think and rationalize on a daily basis
CMercurius
- CMercurius, New York
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Living life to the fullest.
@pohsitive on Instagram
- @pohsitive on Instagram , USA
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To be human is to be curious and innovative. To be human is to make the most of your surroundings and resources.
Vishal
- Vishal, Oregon
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The weak DID inherit the earth. Humans have no natural defenses, no claws or sharp teeth, yet we rule over all that we survey.
Richard m Rossi II
- Richard m Rossi II, Providence, RI
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To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
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We are the species that tells stories.
Dave Luckett
- Dave Luckett, Western Australia
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I think being human means we all have minds, and biochemical make-up of our bodies and knowing how to use them together makes us human.
Nancy Thompson
- Nancy Thompson, Longview, WA
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Red sunny image with a human head depicted as a toaster.
To be human is to be capable of believing in things beyong nature and building churches to praise them.
Henyo Barretto
- Henyo Barretto, Brasília, DF - Brazil
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Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Never letting your friends and family go, is love.
Sally
- Sally, Missouri
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To be human means to have human-like qualities, such as all the senses, and a brain. Lips, eyes, hair, and a nose are also essential.
Taylor
- Taylor, Washington, DC
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Being human is above all a social condition. Our knowledge, collaboration, and competition has distinguished us as human.
Giselle
- Giselle, Portland, OR
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for me being a human is like learning and discovering many things that we don't know.and that makes us strong
allain gorembalem
- allain gorembalem, legapi philippines
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to be concious, acquiring new knowledges from experiences lived or shared through language by others.
Daniel Israel
- Daniel Israel, Brazil
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to not be donald trump
hillary clinton
- hillary clinton, not the white house
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To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
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To be capable of understanding and deciding, "What it means to be human."
Taylor Vendetta
- Taylor Vendetta, Cape May, New Jersey
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Hello I am Alexis I am sharing a computer with Olivia
Alexis/Olivia
- Alexis/Olivia, Pensacola Flordia
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To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
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Self awareness and creativity
Melissa
- Melissa, Pa
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To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
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God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
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To treat all life on earth with respect so that our children also can enjoy the beauty of this fantastic planet.
Wim Hohage
- Wim Hohage, the Netherlands
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To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
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Cogito ergo sum.
Johan Mathiesen
- Johan Mathiesen, Oregon
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what is means to be human is that we feel pain and emotins and being human. We are like the species that rule the world
Kayle
- Kayle, Wykes
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Humans are the only animal that kill each other in mass quantity for torture and sport. Perhaps that was what the Pit of Bones was.
nina moore
- nina moore, Northern California, US
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To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
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Walking upright, making & using tools, the use of fire, language & symbolic thinking, art & use of jewellery, barter & trade
Andy Bryson
- Andy Bryson, South Africa
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to be human is to have complex thought, question life, participate in society, empathize and to use tools and language.
Brittney
- Brittney , Ottawa
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taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
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