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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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Since you are reading this i assume you are human therefore to be human is simply to be.
Marcos Escobar
- Marcos Escobar, Long Beach, Ny
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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Having the free will to make moral choices for the common good or for ourselves alone.
Paul H
- Paul H, Fairfax, VA
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i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
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To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
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A human is curious, creative, adaptable, and also closed minded and submissive of the new; in other words humans are self contradictory.
bruce
- bruce, mendocino
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Being aware, along a continuum of greater comprehension, of oneself and other “selves” as a part of and apart from everything else.
Barbara Norton
- Barbara Norton, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
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To lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
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Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
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To be human is to be able to think about our brains and how the world and everything around us works.
Abbey
- Abbey, Australia
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Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
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Being human, is just being human,
Julia
- Julia, bob, minnesota
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You have a heart that pumps blood through your veins and your entire body. You make offspring unlike birds with eggs.
Vehbi
- Vehbi, Turkey
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To be able to contemplate and come to terms with our mortality as well as our place in the universe.
Justin
- Justin, Arkansas
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To be human you dont have to be smart but you must walk upright and have cloathing
Julie
- Julie, CA
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To be able to think in terms of the abstract. That is, to speak, do art, math, etc. It is also the desire to understand our environment.
Jay
- Jay, Canada
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Being human means making mistakes...and learning from them.
Brian Estarella
- Brian Estarella, Lancaster california
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to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
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to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
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Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
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To be human is to be able to think and make decisions base on the thoughts and communicate with people base upon the emotion
Josh
- Josh, Seattle
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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 imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
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life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
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To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
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It means you think being human is special.
Viveka
- Viveka, San Jose
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It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
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Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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To me to be human means you live, love and dream.
Shelby
- Shelby, Chicago
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To be human means to think to create and transform, to have the capacity to see beyond what exists and to innovate, where morality prevail.
Valentina
- Valentina, Colombia
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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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Your existence is part of an infinite universe and however long or short it is, it still has an impact like a pebble being thrown in a pond.
Corine Batista
- Corine Batista, New York
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A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
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hunger for knowledge love family friends experience success self improvement caring wonder explore, & that special feeling in our soul
Randy
- Randy , Michigan
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To vote.
Katrina
- Katrina, MI
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Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
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It means to have the ability to make rational decisions, and to differentiate what's right from wrong.
eduardo
- eduardo, Missouri
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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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