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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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The ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
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Humans are able to use our brains for tasks no other animals can. Those tasks include tool making, innovating technology, and communication.
Alex
- Alex, Portland, OR
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I had just penned some difficult sheep with a border collies and I'm just so pleased with myself.  Just another example of what it's like to be human.
Being human is understanding the significance of being able to touch the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb.
John Bernard
- John Bernard, 985 Island Rd, Victoria BC Canada V2X 2V1
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To be a species who holds some of the greatest prejudice against their own kind, but has some of the greatest capacity for love ever seen.
Samantha Smith
- Samantha Smith, Alburtis, Pennsylvania
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...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
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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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It means being part of a truly cultural primal species.
Roberto
- Roberto, São Paulo, Brazil
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my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
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to have feelings and be very curios.
ionescu
- ionescu, romania
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We have been through a lot in evolution but don't you think we took it to far
hando
- hando, london
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to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
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Being human means that you interact with your friends and family
Kyle Naidoo
- Kyle Naidoo, Johannesburg
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life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
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To be a Human is to be the result of a 4 billion year evolutionary battle and being the descendant of an unbroken chain of winners.
Arham Ghauri
- Arham Ghauri, Illionois
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Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
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to be human means to be a mamal and have the ability to think, understand speech, speak and memorize information.
nadia
- nadia, maryland
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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 be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
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Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
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To be human is to live out a Christlike life understanding that we will never be like God Himself nor truly understand all that He is.
Kristine
- Kristine, Guam
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To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
Dion
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
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being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
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To understand and practice compassion
Savi Goonasekera Swick
- Savi Goonasekera Swick, Unknown
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To explore and learn.
Ron
- Ron, Las Vegas, NV
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COEXISTENCE NATURALISM VIA BEHAVIORAL ADEQUATENESS VIA COGNITIVE DECISIVENESS FROM PERCEPTIONAL PROCESSES OF SURROUNDINGS.
Jeremy Lee Gray
- Jeremy Lee Gray, Anthem, Arizona, U.S.A.
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Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
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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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To be consciously aware of yourself and to be capable of using language, feeling complex emotions, and understanding abstract thought.
Dip Patel
- Dip Patel, Ohio State University
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Being human is so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
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To be human to be be artistic in everything we do. Humans have art all around them everyday and live life in the influence of art.
Alyssa Jones
- Alyssa Jones, Washington, D.C.
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The creature called Man is at the zenith of essence of existence as the dominant life form on Earth. No copier exists.
Stephen Brodie
- Stephen Brodie, Huyton near Liverpool
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To be human means to go beyond our set limits
Adela
- Adela, America
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Being human is making a lot of mistakes but learning from them and building off of them and developing as much as possible.
Erin A.
- Erin A., Roosevelt High School, Portland, OR
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Humans are aware about and manipulates the conditions for their own existence by remembering the past and planning for the future.
Mikael
- Mikael, Stockholm, Sweden
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To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
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To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
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To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
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I think to be human is to learn from your mistakes. To learn and adapt.
Jacey Swanson
- Jacey Swanson, Ankeny, IA
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Our ability to live and let others live ultimately makes us humans.
Dario
- Dario, Sunnyside, New York
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Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions
Ansar
- Ansar, Woodburn
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