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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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If you are living then you exist. If you are not living then you do not exist. If you do not exist you are nothing.
Kay
- Kay, Texas, USA
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a mammal who got a large brain relative to body size, uses tools, communicates, and is aware of his/her existence. (self-recognition)
Abed
- Abed, Iran
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It means you are self aware and that you can look for answers to the endless questions that life poses.
Linda Casebolt
- Linda Casebolt , Kansas City, Missouri
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To be human is to be able to think and make decisions base on the thoughts and communicate with people base upon the emotion
Josh
- Josh, Seattle
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To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
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To be a human means to be able to communicate, advance technology and love each others differences.
Sage
- Sage , NC
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It means to make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and and not make those mistakes in the future.
That Person who's Always There
- That Person who's Always There, Just Look Around
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I believe what makes us human is our ability to contemplate eternity.
Lauren Elizabeth
- Lauren Elizabeth, Greenville, SC
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It means we are smarter with the ability to use symbolic language and we must survive on technology or we could be extinct or endangered.
Morgan Berard
- Morgan Berard, Maine
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We are moral agents capable of creating and recognizing moral reasons to act, enabling us to navigate the moral reality of our universe.
Ian Sharp
- Ian Sharp, Canada
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A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in Parallel fashion, constantly causing destruction.
Shrek
- Shrek, Australia
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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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It means you are living and have purpose.
Kalyn
- Kalyn, New Hampshire
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Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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I think wat is means to be human is to have a sense of reason and to be able to be kind and care for others
Edith Chukwu
- Edith Chukwu , Sacred heart collage
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being human means going to school and learn about what is it to be human
Parul
- Parul, Bangalore , India
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To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
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We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
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Humans are able to use our brains for tasks no other animals can. Those tasks include tool making, innovating technology, and communication.
Alex
- Alex, Portland, OR
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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 be human means to be able to make sense of the reality to the greatest possible extent but yet within perceived and unperceived limits.
Emanuela Bove
- Emanuela Bove, Italy
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We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
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to dream outside our present abilities, then make them possible for the future generations.
shane
- shane, kentucky
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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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Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
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Being human means to feel every emotion, especially deeper than any animal ever could. We're all different, and that's what makes us human.
Ruby
- Ruby, Woodburn, OR
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If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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being human means being bipedal, showing emotion and love and using culture/technology. This includes medicine.
leah seymour
- leah seymour, colfax
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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 like most apes, but a little more curious and a little more stylish in a fedora.
Pat
- Pat, East Lansing
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the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
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Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
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To be Human is to be made up of a particular combination of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
Randyl
- Randyl, Almonte, Ontario
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It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
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To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
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What it means to me, is that you love, you fall, you get back up, and you push through. The human race is filled with items.
#invinciblenick
- #invinciblenick, Australia
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to be like us
m a z
- m a z, iran
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To be Human is to constantly seek meaning in the world around us, and trying to understand our purpose in this universe.
Katelin
- Katelin, CA, USA
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