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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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To be a mammal but also a civilized person
cant say
- cant say, cant say
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It means to live '
Kaden
- Kaden, grand rapids
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CAN NOT BREED WITH NONHUMANS
RONALD MOHORN
- RONALD MOHORN, CALIFORNIA
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To be loved, to love, experience, make mistakes, and to prevail, despite our shortcomings.
Savannah
- Savannah, Coronado, CA
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To be human is to walk up right to speak and have a larger brain than early man.
Jacqueline Clark-Harris
- Jacqueline Clark-Harris, Springfiled Renaissance school MA
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It means being part of a truly cultural primal species.
Roberto
- Roberto, São Paulo, Brazil
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It means that you are alive, you walk up straight, you have a big mind and you live a special life.
Kabo Modikwa
- Kabo Modikwa, Botswana
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To be human is to be a creator where we have transcended through history by creating what we need to insure our survival
Amanda
- Amanda, Deerfield Beach, Florida
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An intelligent species gifted with ability to observe, think and analyse the diversities of mother nature to recognize his Creator.
shakeel jamal
- shakeel jamal, arlington texas USA
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With are brains we con think and make the world better
Dylan & Dennis
- Dylan & Dennis, Bristol, Wisconsin
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To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
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To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
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Being human means having the ability to respond to situations in many different ways, by learning from others and thinking of new ideas.
Jonas
- Jonas, Cremorne
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To be human you must not be a monkey.
idk
- idk, Earth
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To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
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Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
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To be human is to be capable of self-reflection and inquiry into the origins of the human phenomenon and human uniqueness
Rachel Z
- Rachel Z, La Jolla, CA
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Humans have acquired a sense of awareness; we are guided by a conscience; and we retain knowledge throughout life. It’s a great opportunity.
ASHLEY
- ASHLEY, TX
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To be human means to take all of the abilities granted to us and use them to create a life worth living.
Courtney
- Courtney, Great Falls, MT
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To experience the impossibles.
Marie C
- Marie C, Portland - RHS
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To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
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Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
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To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
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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 is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
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It means to do what your Creator want from you to do.
Abbas
- Abbas, Pakistan
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It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
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To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
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Evolution of Complex Culture and biology in correlation to Temporal and Environmental factours
Ben
- Ben, Massachusetts
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To glorify the creator of all living things.
JunKim
- JunKim, CA
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to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
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It means to commit, to face your challenges and fears
No Name
- No Name, no where
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to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
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The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
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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 have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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the ability to take care of oneself and to be able to take care of the living things (inculdes enviroment) around them
vanessa
- vanessa, Hawaii
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