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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 human is to be bipedal, be intellegent, and an individual. Also to communicate and have your own characteristics.
Imani
- Imani, The Renaissance School
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It is our identity as a species and defines our uniqueness as individuals compared to other species.
Callum Richardson.
- Callum Richardson., Burnley, Lancashire.
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To be intelligent and curious enough to look for answers...and arrogant enough to think we know what the questions are.
Rodney Whitley
- Rodney Whitley, Opelika, Al.
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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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To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
Christina Nichols-Whittaker
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
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To be human means to think and be creative, to love, to be spontaneous. To know the difference between good and evil.
Bekka
- Bekka, St. Louis
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To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
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Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
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It means you breathe oxygen and bleed blood.
Amy
- Amy, Purvis
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Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
Mike
- Mike, Kosovo
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To individually in a group expand what we expect from ourselves, learning from our many mistakes.
What does it mean to be Human
- What does it mean to be Human, OR
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five human beings shown in the evolution first very primitiv and the last very modern.
Be Human means to have human children, to feel comfortable among Human beings and to want to interact with other human beings.
Renate
- Renate, Vienna
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God's Creation
Gayle
- Gayle, Virginia
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Being the only species we know who can know that we're spinning along at 1000 miles an hour, and not falling off.
Harry
- Harry, Portland, OR
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To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
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To be human is to have a culture.
Jenna
- Jenna, NYC
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The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
5
It means that we still share 98% of our genes with chimpanzees. We are not much different than the other species in the animal kingdom.
Curtis
- Curtis, South Carolina
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To be human is to be able to control your actions and desires to yearn certain things.
Sha'Lynn Howard
- Sha'Lynn Howard, springfield, Massachusetts
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The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
5
We are all colonies of life, indelibly connected to this world. To be human is an illusion, for we are merely a transition.
Cormac Nolan
- Cormac Nolan, York, UK
5
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
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