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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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A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
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Self awareness
Jack
- Jack, Oklahoma
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It is the ability to dream and unlock the secrets of the universe. The ability to refine our morality and make the world a better place.
Michael Martinez
- Michael Martinez, South Dakota
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To know with understanding, and to care with tenderness, while not seeking recongnition.
DeVault
- DeVault, Hemingway, South Carolina
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we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
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To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
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When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
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to connect with things, with people, with the land, with ourselves and try to figure out the meaning of life if there even is one
Dinnah
- Dinnah, Pennsylvania
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There are many ways to be human. Their stone tools help us build cities, and communities.
Isaiah
- Isaiah, Arizona
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to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
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it means to make mistakes, evolve, learn new ways to do things, grow up. Embrace it. Accept it as it is.
Champagne
- Champagne, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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Being human is much more than survive, is the need to understand, learn and create.
Axel Vargas
- Axel Vargas, Mexico
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To teach... humans were among the first animals to teach their young rather than just show them so they could imitate.
Ra Amsler
- Ra Amsler, Vienna, VA
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Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
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A human must walk upright, use tools, possess larger/more complex brains than other species, and use some form of communication.
Reid Jarvis
- Reid Jarvis, Springfield MO.
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To be organized and inventive, to speak our ideas, to pray to our creator
Steve Taikowski
- Steve Taikowski, Orlando, Florida
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Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
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To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
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Human nature is being able to change think logically,have emotions, and be independent.
charlie
- charlie, texas
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To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
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Humans can evaluate a situation, weight the pros and cons to make a decision rather than immediately act on pure instinct.
Christina
- Christina, Turnersville, NJ
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To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
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I hope, one day smarter than now...!
Alexis
- Alexis, Belgium
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Humans are primates because we are Bipedal, we have foreword facing eyes, and we share 98% of our DNA with nonhuman Primates.
Jacob Luck
- Jacob Luck , UNCG ATY 253 Spring 2017
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To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
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To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
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The experience of life and the realization that you're living it.
Michael
- Michael, Vancouver B.C.
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To create and perpetuate Culture, is to be human.
Magdalena
- Magdalena, Wisconsin
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To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
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opposable thumbs
Sara
- Sara, Washington, DC
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To Be human is to make mistakes, and to express individuality
Sarah
- Sarah, Los Angeles
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being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
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it means that we are one of the human group and we might evolve. WE are part of the human timeline
Anastasia Helaena
- Anastasia Helaena, Africa
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It means I can imagine I'm a horse with my friends.
Olivia, age 4
- Olivia, age 4, Palatine, IL
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To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
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To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
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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 dream and discover.
Shyft Creys
- Shyft Creys, London, UK
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what it means to be human is to experience, understand and explore
human
- human, Earth
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