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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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It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
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people are diffrent from animals because we have the ability to reason and communicate.
chris
- chris, belleville il
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Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
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To have the most gifted abilities over all creatures.
Chirstopher
- Chirstopher, Mesa,AZ
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Having the abilities to think, refine natural resources for our own comfort and protect or kill other species.
Jason
- Jason , Sydney, Australia
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To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
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We roam the earth and explore the endless universe in hopes of finding the meaning of why we exist and what it actually means to be human.
Steven
- Steven, Austin, TX
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Humans lived here for millions of years ago before us. Their brains, bodies, and walking skills have allowed us to be like this today.
Alejandro Juanillo
- Alejandro Juanillo, High Tech LA
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Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
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To be human is to love and hate, to be empathetic and ignorant, and to live rationally and irrationally.
Kevin Danchisko
- Kevin Danchisko, Unknown
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Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
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To know that there is a future, actively seek change, have awareness of death and therefore invent gods and demons.
Adalberto Benavides
- Adalberto Benavides, Saltillo, Mexico
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To be human means to be of the Homoe Sapien species.
Zoee Bishop
- Zoee Bishop, Ravenscroft school
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Despite our bright minds, we have evolved to feel true affection, respect and attachment to one another.
Melody P.
- Melody P., High Tech High LA
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"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
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Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
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Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
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To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Torrance
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My defintion of what it means to be human is you have a straight body structure, a bigger brain, and you are at the top of the food chain.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
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To be able to think in terms of the abstract. That is, to speak, do art, math, etc. It is also the desire to understand our environment.
Jay
- Jay, Canada
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To live in a finite world and contemplate infinity.
Mark T
- Mark T, Worcester, MA
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To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
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What does it mean to be human? Having the ability to ask this question is a great part of what makes us human.
Matt
- Matt, Washington, DC
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To strive to make a better future and accept failure.
Allison
- Allison, McLaren Vale, South Australia
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To be human is to search inside for the knowledge that already exists. It's to realize that you are your own creator.
Julia
- Julia, San Francisco
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a bipedal that is called a human
big time loser
- big time loser, idk
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To be human is to be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
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They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
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To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
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Of belonging to a homo sapeins
abiodun emmanuel
- abiodun emmanuel , lagos
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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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Humans are a social community that use language and sounds to communicate and are continually changing the world.
JV
- JV, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
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We are nothing as a whole if we cannot find the goodness in eachother.
Tiana Constance
- Tiana Constance, Australia
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To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
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Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
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To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
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