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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 have characters of us homo sapiens
Clarisse
- Clarisse, madagascar
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To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
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Being human includes walking on two feet, being able to use and make tools and, having a consience. Also to know about emotions and empathy.
KALLI
- KALLI, Vermont
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To be human is to live the best possible decent way of living. .try to preserve huminity as there's no other than human being.
D.soren
- D.soren, Mal bazar
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To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
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it means to be not a neanderthal
henry
- henry, cali
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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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An evolved life form aware of it's transience, mortality. Main ambition is to avoid pain, maximize pleasure and a shared fear of death
Andrew Lautin
- Andrew Lautin, New York
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Years ago we developed our brains, bodies, tools and social connections to help us live in harmony with the earth and grow as a species.
RD
- RD, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human means to think, live, breathe. To develop relationships and bear the image of their Creator.
Mandy
- Mandy, Greenville, SC
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Always looking for happiness elsewhere, unreachable but designing ways to reach it. Never satisfied.
Stephane Renard
- Stephane Renard, Toulouse
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Humans have a desire to make meaning out of life, an urge that probably doesn't preoccupy other animals.
Muriel
- Muriel, Durham, NC
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A human must walk upright, use tools, possess larger/more complex brains than other species, and use some form of communication.
Reid Jarvis
- Reid Jarvis, Springfield MO.
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Human is part of the beautiful nature, a animal that can think for others.
jeeyoon
- jeeyoon, Seoul, Korea.
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live a life not worring about the past, but about the present, and don't give up on the dreams of the future
Hermione Granger
- Hermione Granger, El dorado middle school
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To be human is to make an impact.
Selam Amanuel
- Selam Amanuel, D.C.
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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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To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
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I believe one of the things that differentiates humans from animals is our concept of beauty.
Aubrey
- Aubrey, Greenville, SC
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To possess a conscience; a part of us that allows us to discern right from wrong (i.e. feel guilt) and it shapes how we act.
TrinityTitans
- TrinityTitans, Oakville
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To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
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To be a human is to be able to think critically and act according to it; to learn and discover things around us; and to live and enjoy life.
Jeanalyn
- Jeanalyn, Illinois
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to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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I think what it means to be human is that you learn new things every day
nolan
- nolan, canada
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To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
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To be human is to question and quest.
Jessica
- Jessica, Pennsylvania, USA
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to me, to be human is to be smart and new.
alexandria
- alexandria, portland, or/ roosevelt high school
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What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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to love others
Min He
- Min He, SC
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ability to: infer, moral decisions distinguish btwn. moral action, choice, spiritual nature, persuasive communication, creative
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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Being a human means having thoughts and feelings that no one else can fathom understanding. And exploring the vast uncertainty.
Izzy
- Izzy , Golden High School
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We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
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Being human means we are made in God's image and always being who we are and not someone else.
Kurth
- Kurth , North Carolina
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<--- Me as a Homo floresiensis
To wonder what we would have looked like 95,000 to 17,000 years ago.
Christina
- Christina , Chicago, IL
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To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
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To be human is to be aware to the point of oblivion.
Daniella Calasanz
- Daniella Calasanz, Washington State
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We are aware of our own thinking.
Sarah
- Sarah, Virginia
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To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
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