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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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Humans are inventive and curious. They care about more then what they have, and that is what it means to be a human.
Melissa
- Melissa , Oregon
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use and manufacture tools, have a sense of community, have opposable thumbs, and be bipedal. also have a more developed frontal lobe.
Noa the Sapien Sapien
- Noa the Sapien Sapien, San Diego, CA
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We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
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Humans can think beyond what can be seen, creating new ideas. Using them to change our evolutionary path and our surroundings.
Clinton Williams
- Clinton Williams, Golden horseshoe, Canada
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To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
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To love and create.
Alex Gutierrez
- Alex Gutierrez, Newburgh
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Being a human means to have the ability to use our brain to collect the resources from like, the the outside world to stay alive.
Alexis Pedro
- Alexis Pedro, woodburn
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To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
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To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
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Forwardly looking with curiosity and wonder.
To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
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to be human, you need to be a speaking,living, cultural being
Mike
- Mike, USA
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to be human is to have the ability to reason...
Young Jimmithin
- Young Jimmithin, Auburn IN
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Capable of "rational" thinking and having a concept of "mind".
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
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It means I can imagine I'm a horse with my friends.
Olivia, age 4
- Olivia, age 4, Palatine, IL
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Humanity is based on consciousness. To be human is to be conscious even if consciously ignoring our consciousness.
Jose Alcaraz
- Jose Alcaraz, Mexico
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To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
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To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
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To care for each other and the environment for the latter bonds us all.
Leonard C. Yannielli
- Leonard C. Yannielli, lewenhoek@sbcglobal.net
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To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
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To err is to be human. - Some Greek Dude probably
Jason K
- Jason K, Emmaus, PA, USA
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Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
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as the third smartest spcies on the planet (preceded by dolphins and mice) we have a responsibility to not kill ourselves and others
Griffin
- Griffin, Canada
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To create knowledge.
Ben
- Ben, MD
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Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
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It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
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Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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Being human is about life. It also mean to play video games and play outside. Being human can be having fun with friends.
Chewbacca
- Chewbacca, tatoonie
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Human brains use 20% of our energy. They also give us the ability to do almost every other human characteristic. Our minds make us human.
AnnaBeth Graves
- AnnaBeth Graves, Washington D.C
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To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
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Humans have the capability to completely disconnect from the environment in which we evolved.
Nate
- Nate, Portland, OR
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To share diversity with your surroundings and to discover the meaning of life in your eyes
shayla
- shayla , clinton
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To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
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To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
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To share a genetic kinship with billions of other souls, while striving to a part of a community larger than yourself.
Dale
- Dale, Murfreesboro, TN
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To be human is to learn from your mistakes. Learning about the world and teach others about it. You never learn from perfection
Jess
- Jess, Australia
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To err.
William O'Reilly
- William O'Reilly, NY
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