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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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A species that can ponder their existence.
Valerie First
- Valerie First, Winter Springs, Florida
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Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
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To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
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To have the intellectual capacity to save the world or destroy the world, yet still be unable to make a clear choice between the two.
Michael Dalpee
- Michael Dalpee, Highland, MD
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Man is the only animal who knows its own name
Chris
- Chris, New York
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To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
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It means that you are alive, you walk up straight, you have a big mind and you live a special life.
Kabo Modikwa
- Kabo Modikwa, Botswana
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Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
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Determining energetically accurate truths using human anatomy and reducing burdens of all anatomy as fast as comfortably possible.
Rosa
- Rosa, United Kingdom
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Idk anymore
Dead Donkey
- Dead Donkey, https://www.google.com/maps/@-23.5278477,24.7226243,3a,75y,302.33h,60.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3L-F887yPcBnejtJvT6DoA!2e0!7i13
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To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
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The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
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Relationships that go beyond the need to survive.
Wayne Groner
- Wayne Groner, Battlefield, Missouri
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Being able to survive and to love and have hope and believe in something or someone that keeps you going in good and in bad times.
Angel Zondo
- Angel Zondo, Sacred Heart College
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i think it mens to be able to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Thats what i think
bryce
- bryce, NY
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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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Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
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to still be animal, but stand out among them.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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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 human is to have a role in life, giving you purpose.
BigDaddyJohn
- BigDaddyJohn, Ny,Ny
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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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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 be consciously aware of yourself and to be capable of using language, feeling complex emotions, and understanding abstract thought.
Dip Patel
- Dip Patel, Ohio State University
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city floating in space as seen by hubble telescope
As J. MacArthur says: "be rational, relational and creative", and I say "so that we can purposefully work out our destiny".
Hamilton
- Hamilton, Panama
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Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
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Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
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To be human is the ability to express emotions, the ability to know what is right and wrong.
Sihle
- Sihle , Sacred Heart College
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To be human is to live the best possible decent way of living. .try to preserve huminity as there's no other than human being.
D.soren
- D.soren, Mal bazar
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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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To be human means to have human-like qualities, such as all the senses, and a brain. Lips, eyes, hair, and a nose are also essential.
Taylor
- Taylor, Washington, DC
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To wonder and dream.
David Lamar Jones
- David Lamar Jones, Austell Georgia
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The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
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It means that we need to be smart enough to know that we don't have all the answers.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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love hurts
to be human is to love and hurt
Jonathan Mc Cormack
- Jonathan Mc Cormack, South Africa
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the ability to change our surroundings to suite ourselves, therefore making us extremely adaptable and expanding our niche
Nina
- Nina, Texas
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to have swag
Peter C
- Peter C, Chicago
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to be aware that life existed before you and it will go on without you.
Tony
- Tony, Edmond, OK
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to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
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to be human means to be able to do things that we werent able to do yrs. back and to be able to think more clearly
clorissa
- clorissa, gloucester city jr.-sr. high school
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To be part of a species that has developed a sense of purpose and direction, but to largely not recognize that those are misplaced.
Dave Nug McKay
- Dave Nug McKay, Australia
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