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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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Conquer over everything ... over nature, over other creatures & our likes, and even over the unknowns.
Merid
- Merid, Faifax, VA
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The Ability to contemplate our own existance
Antony
- Antony, Guernsey C.I
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bacon
ben
- ben, f
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to share and to take care of one another.
lena
- lena , location
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Humans foresee the future, plan for and adjust for unforeseen events, understand fear and can teach ourselves to get over problems.
John Herrick
- John Herrick, Tampa, Florida, USA
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It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
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To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
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We determine our fate and destiny. We explore what our minds can understand. Then we must do what we can to contribute to the whole...
Jeremy Pauhl
- Jeremy Pauhl, Hamilton, Canada
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To lust.
Kelsey Meyer
- Kelsey Meyer, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
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Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
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Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
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to learn from the past, live the present and dream for the future
Emma
- Emma , Mauritius
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to be human means to be able to do things that we werent able to do yrs. back and to be able to think more clearly
clorissa
- clorissa, gloucester city jr.-sr. high school
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one of the features by which humans are distinguished from non human primates is bipeadal locomotion and fully erect posture.
shiva gogoi
- shiva gogoi, assam
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A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
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To love and fall out of love, to judge others and be judged, to find joy and loose it, to smile and cry, to fail and seek redemption.
Alex
- Alex, Corona, California
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mean we can think , make sth, we are wonderful about every thing that is good perfect
samaneh
- samaneh, Iranian
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To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
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Self-awareness of mortality and denial of that truth through the use of religion.
Bodygrace
- Bodygrace , Texas
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Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
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Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
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To love and tolerate
Nicolò
- Nicolò, turin, italy
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It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
Felix Daverio
- Felix Daverio, NSW
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Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
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to grow in consciousness & learn how to be human
Donna A. Bartell
- Donna A. Bartell, Charlotte NC
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Made in the image of God, put on this Earth for His purposes and glory.
John
- John, 3:16
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Being human is making a lot of mistakes but learning from them and building off of them and developing as much as possible.
Erin A.
- Erin A., Roosevelt High School, Portland, OR
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Humans' bodies can change size & shape depending on the environment. Using their bodies, humans can innovate tools, changing the world.
MBAK
- MBAK, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
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To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
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My definition of human is to try out and discovor whats on the outside world.
Terrell
- Terrell, Massachusettes
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Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
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To not be any other animal or life form and know it.
Hulon
- Hulon, Rialto
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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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This exhibit showed me how the how human brains got bigger, and evolved to store more information and adapt to changes in our environment.
Olivia Baron
- Olivia Baron, Springfield, Missouri
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To seek, for what you do not already know may be the most important for the future
Anyone you seek
- Anyone you seek, anywhere you seek
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To be human is to be able to form rational thoughts but at the same time, experience emotions.
Emily
- Emily, Brisbane, Queensland,Australia
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to have culture
Sam Allen
- Sam Allen, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada
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To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
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