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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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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
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To be human is to be social and, in our society, extend beyond the limits of individuality to live as the knowing of a culture.
Kaleb Smith
- Kaleb Smith, Ishpeming, MI
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To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
Sean
- Sean, Torrance
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To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
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To be human is to question.
David Masters
- David Masters, Kiev
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In my perspective I think its the only species that has written language and better communication.
Arne Basden
- Arne Basden, Bahamas
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That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
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We're still trying to figure it out
Charlie Abelson
- Charlie Abelson, NYC
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To be human means that you have more opportunities and are capable of more than any other living creature.
Haley W.
- Haley W., Portland Oregon
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Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
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To have reason, thought, and the ability to learn and memorize information.
Remington
- Remington, Belleville
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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It means to be part of the species group Homo sapiens, and the ability to have complex language skills.
Caitlin McKee
- Caitlin McKee, Falls Church, VA
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A actual living,breathing fuctional creature that was created to experince the life that was given to us here on earth.
Linda
- Linda, florida
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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
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To be human is to think, feel, see, smell, hear, and taste what the world has to offer
Alex Bykovtsev
- Alex Bykovtsev, Santa Barbara California
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Being alive and breathing and imagining new technologies.
Émilie
- Émilie, Richmond, QC
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To be human is to be able to understand that your existence on this earth is limited. Our intelligence is unique.
Beverly
- Beverly, Orlando FL
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to share happiness as if it were the most contagious disease; to share love and joy and to accept others for who they are
Adela
- Adela , Sacred Heart College
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To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
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Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
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To be human is being smart and we are more advanced then animals and have more skills then animal.
Rithik
- Rithik, Johannesburg
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You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
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To have self-contol. To feel guilt, greed, and love more than other animals. We are the same species but are different in our own ways.
Sylvia Gisler
- Sylvia Gisler, Washington, DC
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To be able to ponder our very own existence.
Adrian, S
- Adrian, S, Texas.
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To beable to know I am alive which is something animals can't do.
Marcus
- Marcus, Auburn, MA
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Consisting of numerous characteristics such as genetics, ability to adapt, speak and differentiate. Also having an opposable thumb.
KhalilJ
- KhalilJ, rooseveltHigh
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To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
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You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
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To be human means to have a higher intellectual ability than other animals, while also having emotion, as well as logic.
Noah Terry
- Noah Terry, NJ
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
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To be human means to be created by God in His image. We were created with emotion, intellect, a purpose, and made to be relational.
Abby
- Abby, SC
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Being human is above all a social condition. Our knowledge, collaboration, and competition has distinguished us as human.
Giselle
- Giselle, Portland, OR
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birth to death and everything in between. Love, hate, learn, compassion, grow,
Debbie Winnett
- Debbie Winnett, San Bruno
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Maybe 100% Homo sapiens. Or is it 97.5% Homo sapiens & 2.5% Neanderthal. Or may be 92.5% Homo sapiens, 2.5% Neanderthal, & 5% Denisovan?
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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To Think (sapiens), Perchance to dream. To Question. To Strive. To Learn. To Love . To Believe.
Nancy
- Nancy, Kingston Ontario Canada
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