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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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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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The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
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I think it means to develop further and evolve on an intellectual and spiritual level and as we evolve our technology will improve as well.
Ila Naidoo
- Ila Naidoo, Sacred Heart College , Observatory
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To feel and be aware of our own self consciousness
Jesse
- Jesse, Canada
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Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
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It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
Brian K
- Brian K, Maryland
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To be able to walk on two legs, and to talk.
christian
- christian, lewiston maine
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To teach... humans were among the first animals to teach their young rather than just show them so they could imitate.
Ra Amsler
- Ra Amsler, Vienna, VA
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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 have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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To be human is to understand morality and ethics.
Cindy D
- Cindy D, Rutgers-Newark
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An animal that adapted and evolved for millions of years.
Nizar Zgheib
- Nizar Zgheib, Lebanon
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Humans are bipedal creatures that have big brains, exhibit higher thinking, use tools, and express themselves through art, language, music.
Cayla Hailwood
- Cayla Hailwood, CA
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Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
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Having complex systems to perform specific functions. To say in short, to be a "Homo sapien-sapien"
Shamma
- Shamma, Maldives
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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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A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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The brain is the greatest tool humans have ever discovered.
Being human is to experience everything you can, to learn, to teach, to create, to alter; to explore your human abilities, to enhance them.
Jesus
- Jesus, Alien Mothership
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The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
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Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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What are authoritative definitions of "human"?
Patrick D. Shannon
- Patrick D. Shannon, USA
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it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
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to sit in an chair and wonder
Boussemaere
- Boussemaere, Belgium
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To believe
Walker
- Walker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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We are the first species on this planet intelligent enough to be the cause of our own extinction.
Ron
- Ron, Yukon, Canada
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Humans are primates, a continually evolving animal who's spiritual and intellectual development has made him the most vicious animal of all.
Derrick Schnur
- Derrick Schnur, Peoria, Arizona
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To be human is to think and be aware of your thinking process. To be human is to respond and to calculate your responses.
Viqar. H
- Viqar. H, New York
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you can't have all the same traits as animals.
Meghan Thomas
- Meghan Thomas, da hood
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Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
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to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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To be able to reflect on what you know and feel
George McCarthy
- George McCarthy, Austin, Texas
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to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
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To be human is being different and smarter than any animal. The ability to change or create something in the environment.
Alexis
- Alexis, springfield
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to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, to almost think about yourself.
Vicky Anderson
- Vicky Anderson , Singapore
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To Be Human is to live a life of consciousness.
Duran Dior Sharp
- Duran Dior Sharp, Newport Beach, CA
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We are able to use our brain to do things that will help us stay alive longer.
Betsi
- Betsi, Woodburn
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Our capacity for cultivating knowledge invests in us the responsibility to protect and care for our planet and the species within it.
Alberto
- Alberto, Mexico
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