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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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Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
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To be Human is to be simple and complex. It is to be understanding and compassionate. A tool for Love. An extension of the Universe.
Lumen
- Lumen, Tampa, FL
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To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
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To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
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To be human means to evolve and become a better society. It also means we have to figure out the natural world
Josh
- Josh, California
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The ability to stick one's head up his own ass seems pretty unique to the human species.
Beakerblog
- Beakerblog, Texas
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To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
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To be self-reflexive.
Dasa
- Dasa, New Delhi
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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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To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
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have more advanced cognitive skills able to reason
shania
- shania, washington state
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Being Human means that you are the most complex species on Earth. You walk on two legs and communicate with others. Being human is awesome!
Ava Straccia
- Ava Straccia, MA
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That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
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To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
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i think what it means to be a human is to make mistake and by making them adapt into the environment
marcus
- marcus, melbourne
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To think in words.
John
- John, California
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to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
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Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
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To love and create.
Alex Gutierrez
- Alex Gutierrez, Newburgh
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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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Humanness is a trait that comes with a great deal of imputed responsibility. To be human is to be created in the image of the Creator.
Apologetics
- Apologetics , Greenville
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it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
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Being a human might sound easy but with being a human come a lot of responsibilities.
Jovany R.
- Jovany R., Roosevelt high school Portland Oregon
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To be a human is to be able to realize that we are not perfect, make mistakes, but at the end learn from those mistakes and not repeat it
Jeny
- Jeny, Torrance, CA
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To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
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it means to be free . to be able to explore to learn important info.
zeleny
- zeleny, merced
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To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
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Our evolution and adaption, our complex way of living. It makes us what we are and we’re all the same, yet we're all so different.
Denisse Nava
- Denisse Nava, High Tech LA
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the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
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To be human means to be a bipedal mammal with a spoken language
Jack
- Jack, Pittsburg, CA
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It means we live and are alive?
Donald Trump
- Donald Trump, usa
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To be part of an intelligent species who self modifies evolution rules. Species makes robots to channel evolution to creative individuals.
Sheethal
- Sheethal, SD, CA
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To be human is to be intelligent, express creative and original ideas, and adapt.
Nick
- Nick, California
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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
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We are apes with language ...with the same biological drives just with sociocultural interpretations
django
- django, ohio
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Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
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When your human it means to be a mammal.A mammal has warm blood instead of cold blood like reptiles.Also humans are very intelligent.
Brad Cary
- Brad Cary, U.S.A
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You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
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It mean to live your life and follow your dream and worship God because he is the only one who can help you archive your desires.
Mpho Mudau
- Mpho Mudau, Secred heart college
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it means that, you have freedom and your own space in life
emily
- emily, portland
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