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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 are species-confined/defined matter that contains grey matter that observes matter and determines what matters.
Janine Chase-Russell
- Janine Chase-Russell, Gilbert, AZ
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To be able to walk on two legs, and to talk.
christian
- christian, lewiston maine
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Words don't even come close, because to be human is not a meaning, it's a feeling.
Hubert Meeker
- Hubert Meeker, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
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To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
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Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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To be human is to realize that the world, the universe is much much bigger than whats around you. To use imagination and to think.
Gavin Alward
- Gavin Alward, Port Angeles, Washington
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A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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To know your roles and responsibilities as a guardian of all life on earth due to your development of consciousness
Mike
- Mike, Australia
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Highest level of consciousness of any organism on Earth & the ability to change our environment to suit our needs and support our misdeeds
Noel Curry
- Noel Curry, Tokyo Japan
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To know we are different Other species view us as food, threat or a non-issue To us they are food, clothing, threat, commodity,companionship
Kelly
- Kelly , Chicago, Il.
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Being human is having the ability to form complex thoughts that create the meaningful out of the meaningless. It's a path-dependent process!
Abraham Gutierrez
- Abraham Gutierrez, Ontario, CA
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Human means being an ape that can throw stright. Bipedal platform for throwing jump started humankind.
Elliott Greer
- Elliott Greer, South Carolina
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
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We are the species that tells stories.
Dave Luckett
- Dave Luckett, Western Australia
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To have the responsability to protect the planet and to make a more enjoyable life to all
Hector Rubio
- Hector Rubio , Chihuahua, Mexico
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Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
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To be human is to have body, soul, and spirit.
Kimmy
- Kimmy, South Carolina
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To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
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It means to commit, to face your challenges and fears
No Name
- No Name, no where
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To be able to remember the past and to imagine the future.
Adriana Calejo
- Adriana Calejo, Miami, FL
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Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
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Being human means being created specially by God.
Sarah
- Sarah, Hallstead
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to be a human means to live, having conscience that you will die.
gadea de santos
- gadea de santos, spain, madrid
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Being human means having complex emotions and thoughts and knowing how to express them.
Dylan
- Dylan, Belleville,Il
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Relationships that go beyond the need to survive.
Wayne Groner
- Wayne Groner, Battlefield, Missouri
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to have the will to survive and adapt, unlike any other species on this planet.
Jordan Whitney
- Jordan Whitney, Ames, Iowa
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Being human means constantly learning and thriving. Learning to advance both mentally and physically in hope of nothin but success.
Angela Nunez
- Angela Nunez , UC Santa Barbara
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I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
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To be human is to have the most intelligent brain out of the animal kingdom.
Kyle
- Kyle, Kalin
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To be self-aware; to be aware of one's impending death; to worship a being greater than self.
Donna
- Donna, Murfreesboro, TN
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To have compassion, which means to have imagination.
Karen
- Karen, Raleigh, NC
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Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
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Humans evolved so that one day we can learn the truth revealed by the present.
Towlie
- Towlie, Alaska
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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 human is to witness the insignificance of our species and how futile it is to survive.
Why?
- Why?, Doesn't Matter
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Spirituality separates us from other animals.Maybe the first concept of the bible,of knowing right from wrong.
Michael Shannon
- Michael Shannon, Chesterfield ,S.C
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To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
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To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
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being human is he best ever thing ever existed in the existence of life. being human means everything, it's the best thing God ever created.
Prude
- Prude, BAGUIO
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Distinction in sense of "self" and "others".
San Diego, CA
- San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
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