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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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When your human it means to be a mammal.A mammal has warm blood instead of cold blood like reptiles.Also humans are very intelligent.
Brad Cary
- Brad Cary, U.S.A
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to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
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To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
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Plan for the future; consider abstract thoughts; empathize. Have & share spiritual beliefs. Organize goals and reflect.
slugs
- slugs, Palmdale, CA
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It is a bounty of characteristics with a mind which can infinitely follow actions of any kind and wrap itself in amazing or melancholy skin.
David Brault
- David Brault, New York
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To create and question beyond the means of survival, for joy, sorrow, excitement and/or horror.
Jane
- Jane, Canada
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Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
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To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
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It means we have self awareness at a greater level than any other being.
m
- m, new jersey
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To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
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At the risk of sounding really glib. One thing it means to be human is to ask the question what does it mean to be human.
Richard
- Richard, Davies
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To live and be productive
Hingle Mcringleberrry
- Hingle Mcringleberrry, school
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I think it means to develop further and evolve on an intellectual and spiritual level and as we evolve our technology will improve as well.
Ila Naidoo
- Ila Naidoo, Sacred Heart College , Observatory
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Using commerce is one thing that makes humans unique.
Lizzy
- Lizzy, Florida
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Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
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How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
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To wonder and fear what the future has in store for us.
Kaitlin Smith
- Kaitlin Smith, Saint Joseph
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It means to understand the purpose of life
m.shahbaz
- m.shahbaz, lahore pakistan
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Being human means being able to show compassion to and feel empathy for others.
Emily Waldren
- Emily Waldren, Chicago, IL
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To make the most out if the one life you have. To gain true knowledge and share it with the world for the advancement of civilization.
Will Dickerson
- Will Dickerson, Piedmont, South Carolina
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It means to live love laugh, have faith, and do your best, you only have one life to live that God Blessed you with, make the best of it.
Jennifer Rose
- Jennifer Rose, Florida
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To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
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It means to be made in the image and likeness of God, have free will and be blessed with a conscience.
Amanda Tran
- Amanda Tran, Waterville, ME
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humans of later life achieve great inventions, discover the past and walk into the future.
Francesca
- Francesca, Yardley, PA
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Being human means experiencing a seemingly singular consciousness, so that we can remind ourselves that everything is connected.
Michelle Wallace
- Michelle Wallace, Texas
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To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
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To care for others both weaker and stronger than you, even those beyond our species.
Rai Kisaragi
- Rai Kisaragi, Japan
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we exist only because of luck. Our origins are still unknown and can't be proven. As with all life. I don't know what it means to be human?
David Aubry
- David Aubry, Mission Texas
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It means that I am not a cow. or a pig. Or even a sheep, a dog, a potato, an octopus. Not even a brussell sprout. Wow. Incredible.
Laugh Out-Loud
- Laugh Out-Loud, Cape Foul Wind, New Zealand
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A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
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To be human is to think, to remember, to empathise and consider. It is to care for the future and to dwell on the past.
Hannah
- Hannah, UK
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To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
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Knowing I am created in the image of God, which connects me to every human ever conceived, or who ever will be.
Sharon Clement
- Sharon Clement, Kansas City
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To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
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To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
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Human is the most fragile organic species in the world
marcos
- marcos, paraguay
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To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
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to be a bipedal ape living in complex societies
Bobby
- Bobby, Oregon
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To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
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Understanding my reason for existance is what makes me human, without that we are just an animal.
Mike Sanders
- Mike Sanders, Brinkley, Ar.
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