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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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Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
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The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
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To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
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Being human is having the ability to form complex thoughts that create the meaningful out of the meaningless. It's a path-dependent process!
Abraham Gutierrez
- Abraham Gutierrez, Ontario, CA
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Being human means being called human by others you recognize as being like yourself.
Mute
- Mute, New England
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To be human is to be imperfect. We make mistakes, but from those mistakes we make new discoveries.
Chelcy Calloway
- Chelcy Calloway, Washington DC
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smart ,dominate, to, speak, advandce, different, body ,structers, less, hairy, religious
Justin Marshall
- Justin Marshall, springfield renaissance school
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ability to: infer, moral decisions distinguish btwn. moral action, choice, spiritual nature, persuasive communication, creative
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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Being human means to be responsible for the whole world because of deeper insight.
Peer
- Peer, Germany
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Gather physical information through the senses and utilize it to adpt to the environment and to alter the environment.
Roger Duronio
- Roger Duronio, New Jersey
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To be human is to have awareness of what we are capable of. We are able to teach others, creating a world full of constant learning.
Rebecca Hutchison
- Rebecca Hutchison , Torrance
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Our brain and our skull grows allowing our brain to develop Giving us our technology, sensibility, emotions and most importantly our culture
Jessica G
- Jessica G, Roosevelt
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Being human means to feel, to have a fulfilled life. Every decision you make is on how the way you feel.
Julian Vigil
- Julian Vigil, Rapid City, South Dakota
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To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Being human is to live and explore the world and everything around you.
Rachel
- Rachel, Portland, OR
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To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
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BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
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To be human is to live, to learn and to care, expressing ourselves and searching for truth
Carlos Costa Cox
- Carlos Costa Cox, Brazil
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it means that you have skin and that you can speak one of the many languages of the world
blah
- blah, europe
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The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
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To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
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Creatures whose own conciseness of it self can either detrimental to its own survival or its own extinction.
Victor
- Victor, Usa
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
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We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
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Being human means being the last natural evolution step towards intelligence. The next step being artificial, not "natural", evolution.
Jorge L S Leão
- Jorge L S Leão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
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Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
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Reasoning, careing and surviving.
William whittaker
- William whittaker, Palm bay fl. U.S.A
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being human is to imagine, to be able to create an idea from nothing, unlike any other animal. being human is being able to create.
adam ruyten
- adam ruyten, ravenna ohio
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To be human is to have awareness of what we are capable of. We are able to teach others, creating a world full of constant learning.
Rebecca Hutchison
- Rebecca Hutchison , Torrance
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To be human is to find purpose in our lives, marvelling at everything that "is" and everything that "was."
Ale
- Ale, Mexico
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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 love each other
Ash
- Ash, Gloucester
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It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
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Nice.
In the land of Gielinor the god Guthix created humans, to defeat Zamorak and Saradomin Never Forget the words left by Guthix, Buying Gf.
Zezima
- Zezima, Lumbridge
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It means that you can love.
Blah Blah
- Blah Blah, Blah Blah
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being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
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Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
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To be human, or in general an animal, is having the cognitive ability to make a choice based on reason.
Sabrina
- Sabrina, Greensboro NC
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What it means to be human is to walk on to feet, to speak, and to interact with other human species.
peyton
- peyton, us
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To be human is to have a complex view of the world with access to technology and social information.
Zach alan
- Zach alan, Portland, Oregon
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