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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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Entertaining your brother. ):
John
- John, Brazil
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To be capable of asking such a question.
Justin Graves
- Justin Graves, Wilmington, NC
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To live life can do it well and with confidence
JFK
- JFK, Selby
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It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
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Neanderthals were apparently better care givers to their elderly than Homo republicanensis, that other archaic primate
Gerry
- Gerry, Nebraska
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to be living
bob
- bob, missouri
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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 be human is being a whole and complete environment for bacteria to grow fine and have fun all together in company of trillions of them.
Jean Lima
- Jean Lima, Goiânia, GO, BR
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To imagine the impossible
Anaf
- Anaf, Bethesda, MD
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life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
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being human means that you can think for yourself, you make mistakes, you can decide rationally, and you have instincts.
Jasmine Watson
- Jasmine Watson, United States of America
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Homo Sapiens
Jorge
- Jorge, Argentina
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We make representations of the world around us.
Amy Callner
- Amy Callner, USA
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Being human means being aware that you belong to the only species that has lost it's freedom
Michael Apps
- Michael Apps, Ramsgate U.K
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Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
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The skill to surpass anything in our way using our minds.
Rhett Torralba
- Rhett Torralba, St. Louis, Missouri
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Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
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To be the best species
Cole
- Cole, Oelwein
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To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
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we try to understand the world we live in and question who we are and how we got here.
jane
- jane, new jersey
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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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to be a human and what makes u unique from everything else is that we can do things ourselves.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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To understand our place locally on earth
Nick
- Nick, Saskatoon sask can
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Being a child of God.
Sara
- Sara, Minnesota
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To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
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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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I think that what it means to be human is having the ability to choose your own path in life and expressing yourself through feelings.
Kendra Lowe
- Kendra Lowe, Washington, D.C
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To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
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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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Being human means having the ability to respond to situations in many different ways, by learning from others and thinking of new ideas.
Jonas
- Jonas, Cremorne
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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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The ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
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To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
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Being human means you have a soul.
Ally
- Ally, Indiana
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To be human is to be on the outside, looking in. To separate from the unity of the universe and become an analyzing observer.
The Phoenix
- The Phoenix, Cheektowaga, New York
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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To travel in time -- to know the past and anticipate the future. To understand and personalize death.
Judy Aliason
- Judy Aliason, Palm Harbor, FL
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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 love, think, believe, explore, feel, and express feelings.
Kristina Brown
- Kristina Brown, Sylmar, California
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To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
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