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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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Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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to have characters of us homo sapiens
Clarisse
- Clarisse, madagascar
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Humans are bipedal creatures that have big brains, exhibit higher thinking, use tools, and express themselves through art, language, music.
Cayla Hailwood
- Cayla Hailwood, CA
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The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
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To have a credit card, use a smartphone, operate a laser cutter, and be utterly unable to create a simple stone axe.
Nik
- Nik, Raleigh
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To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
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to be human is different from other homo sapiens, our characteristics are different as well as our cognitivie thinking and our emotions.
Esperanza F. Clark
- Esperanza F. Clark, Texas
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To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
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To learn about the world around us and be the caretaker of the Earth.
Alexandra Clement
- Alexandra Clement, Toronto, On
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To be able to remember the past and to imagine the future.
Adriana Calejo
- Adriana Calejo, Miami, FL
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Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
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It means you empathize with others you've never met. Love when it doesn't make sense, and to protect the strong as well as the weak.
Tejire A.
- Tejire A., PA
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To make historical records for future learning.
jollyroger
- jollyroger, australia
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i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
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To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
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To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
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HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
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To have creativity, free will, and a rational intelligence in the image of God our Creator.
Grace
- Grace, Virginia
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a higher organism
Fran
- Fran, Cleveland
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How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
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To be rad
sawwg killer
- sawwg killer, your mom
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it means we are self aware & inventive tool users with the skills to develop a fast evolving culture & unmatched ability to shape the world.
Stuart Gregory
- Stuart Gregory, Bize-Minervois France
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What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
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to see, to feel, to touch to live and to die to decay and return to this planet
Gita Yoanita
- Gita Yoanita, Indonesia
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To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
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Empathy, and the ability to learn - and pass on that learning.
Estelle
- Estelle, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK
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to think
ahmef
- ahmef, uae
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Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
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The curiosity to learn and the ability to use that knowledge and learn more
Megan
- Megan, Prague
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learn, adapt, relate, care, create, cultivate, connect, investigate, define, innovate, release, inspire, dream, laugh, a quiet good bye.
Justin
- Justin , Boston
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To be human is to search inside for the knowledge that already exists. It's to realize that you are your own creator.
Julia
- Julia, San Francisco
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Our need to understand our enviroment and the world around us.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle , Washington DC
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To be human, means that we are able to partake on a journey using our minds, across planet Earth.
Anna
- Anna, DE
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In China to be human is to get a good ATAR, but in Korea to be human is to win the League of Legends world cup. With love, from paper
paper
- paper, NEW SOUTH WHALES, AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, CREMONE
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A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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Abstract thinking
Radu Mihai Turcu
- Radu Mihai Turcu, Bukarest , Romania
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I think that being human is having the ability to analyze, communicate through spoken language and writing, and express and feel emotions.
Impana S.
- Impana S., College Park, Maryland
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The ability to visualize things we've never seen.
Forrest
- Forrest, Florida
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We use tools to create other tools
Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
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Being human means to be capable of thinking complex thoughts and communicating with others and the world around them.
Katie
- Katie, Windermere, Florida
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