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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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Its kind of organisms, able to store the information of geology of region, desire, ability to survive, it thinks beyond the imagination
P. Muthukumar
- P. Muthukumar, NEW DELHI, INDIA
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Being human means to live life with food,clothes, and a shelter
Thierno Barry
- Thierno Barry, New York
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The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
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We are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
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To know that you feel.
Christopher
- Christopher, Geraldton, Aus
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To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
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Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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it mean to be living life to the fullest and never be messy
melvineshia williams
- melvineshia williams, web\sumner
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what it means to be human is that you are changing the world and caring about each other
Alivia
- Alivia, flordia
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Being human means to have the ability of walking on two legs and to think creatively for all situations that appear.
noah
- noah, Springfield Renaissance school
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a bipedal that is called a human
big time loser
- big time loser, idk
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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An Image of Alec Frazier with the Vignette of Lucy
A wise man once said, “With great power must also come great responsibility.” As human beings, we are privileged and burdened with both.
Alec Frazier
- Alec Frazier, Takoma Park, MD, USA
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We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
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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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Words don't even come close, because to be human is not a meaning, it's a feeling.
Hubert Meeker
- Hubert Meeker, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
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To be human I think is to have a conscious and morals. This is what separates us from animals.
Luke
- Luke, South Carolina
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to be human is to treat others with humanity and utmost respect
khirren
- khirren, penang ,malaysia
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To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
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Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
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no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
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the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
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The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
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To be human, one must care. From that caring will come acts of love, courage, thoughtfulness, And kindness.
Maureena Andrews Renner
- Maureena Andrews Renner, Gahanna, Ohio
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to me to be human means to make mistakes and not be afraid of them and always try it again.
Collin Lamaster
- Collin Lamaster, Califonia,ca
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To love ; - )
joe Shmoe
- joe Shmoe, Emmaus, Pa
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To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
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To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
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Having the capacity for compassion, tolerance, and personal growth.
Yaicha
- Yaicha, Earth
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To be human is to strive to increase knowledge based on evidence, and to be increasingly free of superstition, dogma and ignorance.
James
- James, Maine
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to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
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What separates humans from everything else is our innate sense of expression, communication, and over all superior intelligence.
Jason
- Jason, Chicago
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Being human is to be able to speak walk on two feet and do anything a regular animal can't do and be able to be and think freely.
Aedan
- Aedan, Rennaisance middle school
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To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
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whatever we desire it to be, because we are human. For most it is to find significance in their own insignificance
Cameron L Rattray
- Cameron L Rattray , london, England
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it isnt much different from other animals. we walk on two legs is one difference, but monkeys can to. so we are not that unique
marissa
- marissa, belleville
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In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
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To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
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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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