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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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Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
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Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
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Being human means to communicate socially with your peers using language and symbols to innovate as well as change the world day by day.
LHKAIA
- LHKAIA, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human is to have many flaws but to learn and grow from our mistakes.
Kyla Vigdor
- Kyla Vigdor, Washington DC
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Having the cognitive abilities to effectively problem solve, design, and create, to keep pushing the envelope further and further.
Ivan
- Ivan, Tivoli, New York
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To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
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Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
Mike
- Mike, Kosovo
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A person who's not a animal. They have characteristics that separate humans from animals. We change the world and do things differently.
Mallory
- Mallory, Iowa
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our desire for meaning and eternity makes us what we are- human that is.
emmalyn
- emmalyn, Manila, Philippines
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To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
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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 is to be curious, smart, and above all able to communicate.
Jacob
- Jacob, Portland, OR
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To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
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being human is to live and learn and love why you can
janae long
- janae long, 38301
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To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
5
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
I think and make reasonable decisions there fore I am a human.
Charles Wastl
- Charles Wastl, Hanover, Md, USA the Earth
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To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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to question
Anonymous
- Anonymous, U.A.E
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to be human means to be able to do things that we werent able to do yrs. back and to be able to think more clearly
clorissa
- clorissa, gloucester city jr.-sr. high school
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somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
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to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
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The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
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To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
5
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
To have a soul specially created by God. To be made in God's image.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
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
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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
to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
5
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
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