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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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We are people who evolved and work hard for jobs and for young.
Eva
- Eva, Fredericksburg, VA
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To be human is to eat, drink and to be merry. For life is to short to be dull.
Kaleb Kane
- Kaleb Kane, Waterville, ME
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A human is a bipedal primate that has the ability to teach, learn and communicate through culture, knowledge and complex languages.
Zeping Wang
- Zeping Wang, Los Angeles
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Being a human means to always wondering ''why''.
Emilie
- Emilie, Canada
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My definition of human is to try out and discovor whats on the outside world.
Terrell
- Terrell, Massachusettes
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To be human means to go beyond our set limits
Adela
- Adela, America
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Did you know the 1st word was danger? We communicated back then and do so now in different ways! This is what it means to be human.
OS
- OS, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
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To be Human is to Understand. To understand our world, to understand each other, to be flawed so we know what it's like to be flawed
Ben.T
- Ben.T, Blackburn HS Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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what it mean to be human is to have skill ,learn ,teach
Bronson and Gio
- Bronson and Gio, Renaissance school
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It means no more or no less than being the dominant species at this moment in time.
Mike
- Mike, Baton rouge
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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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To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
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To be human means to be able to make sense of the reality to the greatest possible extent but yet within perceived and unperceived limits.
Emanuela Bove
- Emanuela Bove, Italy
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To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
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Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
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It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
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Being human means asking the question: "What does it mean to be human?" and then spending the rest of your existence seeking the answer.
Tina Sena
- Tina Sena, Massachusettes
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To be a mortal or a human being
Human Skin Color Variation
- Human Skin Color Variation, Human Evolution Evidence
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Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
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To have the ability to differentiate your actions and consequences.
Jon
- Jon, Maryland
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It means to have the ability and responsibility to act according to reason instead of animal instinct.
Justus Scott
- Justus Scott, Palm Coast, Fl
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To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
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Scientifically, human beings are the most complex structures of biodiversity. From DNA to an organism, every discovery is always a marvel.
Vishnu Priya P L
- Vishnu Priya P L, Manchester, CT
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Being human means to be a living being capable of making decisions.
Chris
- Chris, South Carolina
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We control the future of all life on Earth, including that of our species. We have the collective capacity to thrive or perish.
Howard
- Howard, Pittsford, New York
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To be human means to use the ability of our minds and bodies to change the world and make it a better place.
JSNMLR
- JSNMLR, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Humans love, hope, fear, and respect other humans, for the most part. They know they are mortal, and are inherently good.
Elliott Hayes
- Elliott Hayes, Annapolis, Maryland
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To be human means to laugh, have fun, have the ability to learn and communicate, to understand and help others and to be an individual.
Mimi
- Mimi, NewYork
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Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
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Two things come to mind: 1) Adaptability via technology and tools and 2) the ability to communicate and work together.
Steve
- Steve, Philadelphia
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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 be human is to be able to change the environment to meet our needs rather than adapt to the environment around us.
D'Juan Moreland
- D'Juan Moreland, Baltimore, MD
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Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
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The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
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I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
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Shadow of family cast by vert. bands of blue and yellow light. Dad holds phone.
“Being” human requires self-awareness, emotion, curiosity, creativity, & adaptability. Knowing, feeling, wondering, dreaming, achieving.
Johanna Oakes
- Johanna Oakes, Spokane, WA
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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It means no more or no less than being the dominant species at this moment in time.
Mike
- Mike, Baton rouge
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to be a human is to walk up straight ,to live life to its fullest.
ANTHONY AND BRANDON
- ANTHONY AND BRANDON, MASS
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