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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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To be human means to search for a greater purpose in life other than mere survival.
Ana
- Ana, Maryland
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Increase of information storage. Forces-maybe toolmaking-pushed for larger brain,hand, not being sea creatures all gelled into humans.
Gary Samuel
- Gary Samuel, Columbia, Maryland, USA
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Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
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Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
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To survive and to procreate
London
- London, Canada
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To Be human is to make mistakes, and to express individuality
Sarah
- Sarah, Los Angeles
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To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
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For us, H. sapiens, upright walk, precision grip, symbolic thought
Scott H.
- Scott H., Dubuque, IA, USA
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We can grow and change. We can create and invent. Humans are also the only species that are dangerous to their own existence.
Gwendolyn
- Gwendolyn , Brookline, MA
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being human means being bipedal, showing emotion and love and using culture/technology. This includes medicine.
leah seymour
- leah seymour, colfax
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Bacon and cheese
Maxie
- Maxie, Babington street
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Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
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To love ; - )
joe Shmoe
- joe Shmoe, Emmaus, Pa
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Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
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We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
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being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
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you can't have all the same traits as animals.
Meghan Thomas
- Meghan Thomas, da hood
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A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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To be able to breed with other humans.
Johan Mathiesen
- Johan Mathiesen, Portland, OR
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it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
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To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
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To be human is to be created in the image of God for a sanctifying relationship with Him.
Makenna
- Makenna , Dillon
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To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
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You make mistakes, take risk and learn from your mistakes. Humans have emotions and are forgetful.
Jada Oakes
- Jada Oakes, Washington, D.C
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We are all one family, doesn't matter the species.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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I think and make reasonable decisions there fore I am a human.
Charles Wastl
- Charles Wastl, Hanover, Md, USA the Earth
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The Ability to contemplate our own existance
Antony
- Antony, Guernsey C.I
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To be human is to feel compassion and feel emotions.
Tutt Baker
- Tutt Baker, Santa barbra
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To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
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to be human is to die alone :)
Nick
- Nick, Prescott
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To be human is to have a soul. God has blessed us above all of his creation.
Kitzi
- Kitzi, Warrenton, Ga.
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It means being able to ask the question "What does it mean to be human?".
Mark
- Mark, Texas
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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
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Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
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To be human is to indulge in the vast array of emotions we encounter every day, and to embrace the many passions of life.
Cooper
- Cooper , Colorado
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Large brains, opposable thumbs, and the ability to kill at a distance
Warren Norton
- Warren Norton, Massillon, Ohio
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To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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To gain more complex balances
Wu Chen
- Wu Chen, China
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