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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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We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
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Art, imagination, environmental alteration, connection, emotion, cognition, and purposeful creation and destruction all define being human.
Anthony Z
- Anthony Z, Maryland
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Humans are innovative. We come up with ideas every day. Humans also communicate. We do it verbally and with hand gestures.
ATSL
- ATSL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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i think it mens to be able to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Thats what i think
bryce
- bryce, NY
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Human's can choose right from wrong.This comes at the huge cost of all.
Danielle Montello
- Danielle Montello, Rockport, Ma
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To know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
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The ability to learn, teach, share and copy each other to develop deeper meaning in the information we have by combinding ideas.
Wathana
- Wathana, Northern VA
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To be human is to make an impact.
Selam Amanuel
- Selam Amanuel, D.C.
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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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To be human is to be an individual. You dont have to be like others, you just have to be YOU!
Kimo
- Kimo, Aussieland
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The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
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Human is the only one who asks " where I am from and is there anything for me after I die ?. Answer - No...human is just space dust...
Behzad
- Behzad , Melbourne, Australia
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Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
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It means as humans we should stay in fairly good shape. You never know when you might have to run.
Louisiana
- Louisiana, USA
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To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
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To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
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The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
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To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
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The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
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To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
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To be human is to have the power to devastate and deplete our resources but also the power to choose to care and conserve instead
Casandra
- Casandra, Chicago
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What I think it means to be human is intelligent and creative creatures. Also we are strong and healthy human beings to.
Jalen Bruce
- Jalen Bruce, Sprigfield,Mass
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Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
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To be human is to live out our tiny span of days while holding the entire timeline of the Universe in our minds.
John
- John, Texas
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The most important parts of being human are being bipedal & the brain because they work together to allow us to do great things..
JTHM
- JTHM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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the combination of tools and fire and how our evolution was uniquely shaped by tools and fire
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
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To think you're better than all the other animals.
Marion K. Allen
- Marion K. Allen, Milwaukee, WI
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To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
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To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
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To be human is different from being a person, being human is based on the shared and differing anatomical characteristics.
AnthroArch
- AnthroArch, Brighton
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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We are all one family, doesn't matter the species.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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We roam the earth and explore the endless universe in hopes of finding the meaning of why we exist and what it actually means to be human.
Steven
- Steven, Austin, TX
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We all came from ancestors but thru out time we have developed diferences in our DNA, yet we are all still so much a like.
Cielo
- Cielo, Woodburn, OR
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We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
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to be a human is the greatest thing ever!!!!!!!!
noah nadi 11 years old
- noah nadi 11 years old, foothill ranch CA
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When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
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Scientifically, human beings are the most complex structures of biodiversity. From DNA to an organism, every discovery is always a marvel.
Vishnu Priya P L
- Vishnu Priya P L, Manchester, CT
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Being human means being able to be frightened and amazed by your world at the same time.
Joe Flynn
- Joe Flynn, Burtonsville, Maryland
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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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