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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 the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
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Being human means having the ability to think and feel complexly, whilebeing able to respond to our natural instincts like other beings.
Bradley
- Bradley, Belleville, Il
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Humans are unique and curious creatures with complex emotions and natural problem solvers.
Karla
- Karla, Astora, OR
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It means you have a brain with a well developed frontal cortex
Gandha key
- Gandha key, London, UK
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For us to be human we use language. We have complex languages that takes us to think and communicate with each other. And our Brain!
Stephen E
- Stephen E, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
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To be human is to be a reflection of the One who made me - an image bearer of the Creator (God).
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Greenville, SC
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To be human you must be driven by ego instead of nature. To be human you must ask why. To be human you can never be satisfied.
Robert Dombroski
- Robert Dombroski, North Plainfield, NJ
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To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
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Being human means to live and interact with the environment.
Maddison
- Maddison, Sigourney, IA
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To be capable of asking such a question.
Justin Graves
- Justin Graves, Wilmington, NC
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To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
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Of belonging to a homo sapeins
abiodun emmanuel
- abiodun emmanuel , lagos
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To be human is to be full of life.
Nayma
- Nayma, Inglewood
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To be versatile and ever-changing. A sign of humanity is our need for intellectual and social interaction.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, COSTAATT, Trinidad
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The ability to express and share complex and abstract ideas through the use of language (written and/or oral) with others of the species.
Sandy
- Sandy, Australia
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To question
Stephan C
- Stephan C, Renton, Wa
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to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
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to have culture
Sam Allen
- Sam Allen, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada
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loving, helping all humans and disproving reasons on "race" and figure out we are one species.we must stand together as one race.
jack
- jack, birmingham uk
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Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
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To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
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Being human means to advance. To constantly move forward always adapting and changing things around us.
Daniel Lawson
- Daniel Lawson, Mount Vernon, IL
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being human means being able of questioning about my own origin and my own impermanence
marcos giusti
- marcos giusti, montevideo
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To be curious and to have the ability to learn
Pedro Alejandro Matta
- Pedro Alejandro Matta, Santiago, Chile
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it means to be cool and smart
dat boi
- dat boi, space
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the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
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well for me it means that we have a lot of responsibilities in life and that we have a reason in life too
edgar
- edgar, Roosevelt High
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to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, TO BE
Tim Nguyen
- Tim Nguyen, Yorba Linda, Ca, USA
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to create and destroy stuff
Seymour Heinee
- Seymour Heinee, Your Butt
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to love, to share, to express ourselves, to be curious, and to wonder the exact question: what DOES it mean to be human?
Rachel
- Rachel, california
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Being able to discover and learn about the wonders and beauty of this natural world. Enjoying this life for what it is.
Jake Murtaugh
- Jake Murtaugh, Arizona
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I believe humans must be able to express complex emotions such as love <3
Jason Hsiao
- Jason Hsiao, University of Maryland
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I think being human is the ability to feel emotions towards others, love is the strongest among these emotions.
Lisakhanya
- Lisakhanya, South Africa
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it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
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What makes us human is our desire to improve ourselves. Such as people might try to become a nicer person.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Potland, OR
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To be a human means to understand the power we have over our ecosystem and the consequences that a negative decision can make.
Robin A
- Robin A, Fayetteville
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It means to be created in God's image, but imperfect.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Pennsylvania
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There is a lectotype for Homo sapiens, see the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature website. It's Carl Linneaus.
Dave
- Dave, London
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To be human means to be created in the image of God.
Eric
- Eric, Virginia
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To want. To give. To love
Donald
- Donald, Pyongyang
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