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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.

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What all humans have in common is that we can control fire, make and use tools, and use complex speech. These are things that only humans do
Luis
- Luis, Phoenix
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is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
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Being human is being bi-pedal,being able to think and communicate abstractly,adapting to surroundings and learning and making new things.
Mrs. McPhee's Class C
- Mrs. McPhee's Class C, Litchfield Middle School
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Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
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To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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Human can perform work that other anmals can't.They don't have the ability to talk. I'm proud of being a human.
Areeba Abid
- Areeba Abid, Pakistan
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Being human means to wish you were dead so you can not be.
Kevin Hertzler
- Kevin Hertzler, Boston, MA
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to learn from the past, live the present and dream for the future
Emma
- Emma , Mauritius
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humans are the only animal that believes it should be happy, all the other animals can just be happy.
Shaun Wilson
- Shaun Wilson, christchurch NZ
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That we make and control fire. We owe our species' development to fire, most distinctively-fundamentally speaking.
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
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God and man communicate through gene. Possibly, this is the best part to be a human.
Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik
- Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik, Utkal University,Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
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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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It mean to be thankful for all the things you get from your parents. You can be able to grab things and hold things.
freddy
- freddy, woodburn
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To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
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To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
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I think being a human means to evolve at a faster rate than other living organisms.And having a highly developed body.
Nhlamulo Precious Kubayi
- Nhlamulo Precious Kubayi , Sacred Heart College
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To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
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to be human is to be the best creature on earth. we have the best of everything on earth.
kermit
- kermit, columbia, sc
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It means being able to peek into the source code of life.
Giulia O.
- Giulia O., Ferrara, Italy
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The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
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To have a cultural identity that allows us to create an indiscriminate harmony that is a spoken and written and musical language
Matt
- Matt, George Mason University
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It is the Great feeling of the nature which at last know itself.
Mohamed Abdallah
- Mohamed Abdallah, UK
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it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
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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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Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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You make mistakes, take risk and learn from your mistakes. Humans have emotions and are forgetful.
Jada Oakes
- Jada Oakes, Washington, D.C
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Enslaved
Eric
- Eric, USA
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To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
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We are all one family, doesn't matter the species.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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The Ability to contemplate our own existance
Antony
- Antony, Guernsey C.I
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To be human is to feel compassion and feel emotions.
Tutt Baker
- Tutt Baker, Santa barbra
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To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
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To be human is to be epistemologically and metaphysically self-conscious by logically acknowledging that one is made in the image of God.
Tom Carpenter
- Tom Carpenter, Conyers, GA
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To be human is to have a soul. God has blessed us above all of his creation.
Kitzi
- Kitzi, Warrenton, Ga.
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To be human means to grow our thinking. We store info so we can dedicate time to find new information, helping us evolve our surroundings.
GBMBTP
- GBMBTP, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
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It means being able to ask the question "What does it mean to be human?".
Mark
- Mark, Texas
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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
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To have a sense of being alive and to breathe. To be human means to have emotions like kindness, compassion, anger, and sadness.
Alex S
- Alex S, Florida
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