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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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Humans, also recognized as homo sapiens are highly intelligent. Their brain allow them to do anything they please and create what they want
Jeffry Figueroa
- Jeffry Figueroa, Washington DC
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Humans are unique and curious creatures with complex emotions and natural problem solvers.
Karla
- Karla, Astora, OR
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to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
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Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
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To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
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A mammal that's born to be humans who have emotions and are able to interact with other people.
Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony
- Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
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Self-awareness, the realization that we are mortal, are key aspects.
Paulo
- Paulo, Portugal
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Part of a rubics cube that rotates not only spatially (geographically) in one direction but also temporally.
Neil Gunn
- Neil Gunn, Bonne Terre, Mo.
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To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
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Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
Francesco
- Francesco, Italy
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It means being part of a truly cultural primal species.
Roberto
- Roberto, São Paulo, Brazil
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I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
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Living with the insight of who we were and the hope of knowing that we aren't finished evolving yet.
D. Morgan
- D. Morgan, Crossville, Tennessee
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it means to be alive, to walk, to love, to share, TO CARE
payson
- payson, alaska
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dunno eh
Kile
- Kile, Michigan
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To be curious and to have the ability to learn
Pedro Alejandro Matta
- Pedro Alejandro Matta, Santiago, Chile
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being human to means being at the top of the food chain and being the most intelligent living thing on earth
antonio
- antonio , roosevelt high school
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To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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To live a life, to make friends, to love one another and to have ups and downs.
Isabela, age 8
- Isabela, age 8, New York
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It means that you respect and treat everything the same way you treat everything the same as you would any other human being.
Justin
- Justin, South Africa
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Conscience, connection, continuation.
Kate
- Kate, Seattle, WA
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to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
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LISTENS TO LIMP BIZKIT ONCE
Freed Durrt
- Freed Durrt, Skeatrle
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To be a human is to share a form of language within a community. In this community, one FEELS a sense of belonging.
Madeline Myers
- Madeline Myers, Washington, DC
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Humans are distinct from all other creatures in their ability to express themselves.
Julia Barrett
- Julia Barrett, Torrance, CA
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to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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To be human is to feel emotion, be able to reason, and to exercise your God given ability of free will.
Sean W.
- Sean W., Pearl City, HI
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make mistakes
me
- me, here
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Being humans means that we are physically and mentally advanced.
Casey
- Casey, Orlando
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The be human is to stare into the coding of life and the universe, and understand it at the same time. As well as find penises funny
Rin
- Rin, London
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To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
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To make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
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To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
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To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
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To be able to make your own choices/decisions and exhibit emotions.
Kiley
- Kiley, Astoria, Oregon
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to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
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The only life force known to stay busy trying to figure itself out.
Robert Ratliff
- Robert Ratliff, Boone, NC
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to know that you will die...
haratsis
- haratsis, athens
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