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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 strive to make a better future and accept failure.
Allison
- Allison, McLaren Vale, South Australia
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I Believe that Being able to adapt to all different environment is essential to Being human
David
- David, Portland, Or
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To understand the essence of being a human
karen cabang
- karen cabang, philippines
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To have a written language and the ability to communicate through words and symbols. To be tame yet animalistic when necessary.
Alva Peguero
- Alva Peguero, San Diego, CA
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To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
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A human is a mammal that can convey ideas and emotions, survive using makeshift equipment, and adapt easily within its environment.
Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun
- Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun, Canada
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To err is to be human. - Some Greek Dude probably
Jason K
- Jason K, Emmaus, PA, USA
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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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To be spiritually uncorrect!!!
Mikicen61
- Mikicen61, Italy
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To have compassion, which means to have imagination.
Karen
- Karen, Raleigh, NC
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To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
It means you are living and you want to see everything in the world. It also means life with human forms.
Crazy old lady
- Crazy old lady, Mars
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It means to discover evolve and unfortunately destroy our own space "our world " is it really ours?
Diego prado
- Diego prado, Egg harbor twp nj
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We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
5
As humans we have the ability to comprehend that we exist with millions of other species and that our actions affect all living things.
Greg L
- Greg L, Memphis, TN
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You can walk on two feet. You are able to be very civilized and cooperate with each other. You can keep developing.
Eleanor White
- Eleanor White, San Francisco, California
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To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
Being human means I have bones which could be used as fossils but instead you won't get them because my plans are to be cremated.
Papa Cat
- Papa Cat, USA
3
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
2
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5
To know you will die
theresa
- theresa, ga
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
the ability to change the world
Lizzy Case
- Lizzy Case, Downingtown, PA
5
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
5
We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
5
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
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
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
5