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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 you have to have a brain and an orderly body structure.
Devinity Apollon
- Devinity Apollon, Washington, DC
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To be human is to do what your heart tells you.
Stephen
- Stephen, CA
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it means to love one another
wazzup
- wazzup, u.s. vermont
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Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
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To be human means to be living, breathing, humerous and curious
Jack
- Jack, PA
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To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
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To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
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Being human means to be a woman it means to have an advanced brain to contemplate our own existance and to walk think and work
k.bizzle
- k.bizzle, new york
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Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
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we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
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To use eating utencils... some of the time
Meghan
- Meghan, Alexandria, VA
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Being human means I have bones which could be used as fossils but instead you won't get them because my plans are to be cremated.
Papa Cat
- Papa Cat, USA
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we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
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To live and be productive
Hingle Mcringleberrry
- Hingle Mcringleberrry, school
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It means creating toilets and sanitation.
Fredward
- Fredward, Montgomery, AL
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We are capable of so many things. We are in control of so little things.
TW
- TW, USA
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To be human means to have ambition, the need to help other people, the ability to feel compassion, to love for more than the need to mate.
Theo
- Theo , Washington Dc
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I think it means to evolve and create new and wonderful things to aid our generations to come.
Franco Jimenez Martinez
- Franco Jimenez Martinez , South Africa
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To be human is to be imperfect. We make mistakes, but from those mistakes we make new discoveries.
Chelcy Calloway
- Chelcy Calloway, Washington DC
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To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
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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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humans of later life achieve great inventions, discover the past and walk into the future.
Francesca
- Francesca, Yardley, PA
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To be aware of you and your earth and to help what's around you.
Ciara
- Ciara, California
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To be human is to be curious, smart, and above all able to communicate.
Jacob
- Jacob, Portland, OR
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To make mistakes being able to learn from them.To be unique in our own ways with our own values and talents that make us special.
Ogechi Tracey Nombuso Okwunwa
- Ogechi Tracey Nombuso Okwunwa, Observatory
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To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
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we exist only because of luck. Our origins are still unknown and can't be proven. As with all life. I don't know what it means to be human?
David Aubry
- David Aubry, Mission Texas
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It means that I am not a cow. or a pig. Or even a sheep, a dog, a potato, an octopus. Not even a brussell sprout. Wow. Incredible.
Laugh Out-Loud
- Laugh Out-Loud, Cape Foul Wind, New Zealand
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We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
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I've got an unpopular (howbeit true) answer: to be human is to be made in the image of God.
Beth
- Beth, San Francisco, CA
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To be like most apes, but a little more curious and a little more stylish in a fedora.
Pat
- Pat, East Lansing
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To be human means to have ambition, the need to help other people, the ability to feel compassion, to love for more than the need to mate.
Theo
- Theo , Washington Dc
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Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
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http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
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Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
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To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
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The very fact that we consider this question!
Sherylle
- Sherylle, Western Australia
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To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
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To be human is to be valuable. All humans have value, even if no one else can see that value.
Drew
- Drew, Normal, IL
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To care, to wonder, to seek.
Olivia Groshong
- Olivia Groshong, Los Angeles Ca
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