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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 know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
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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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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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To be human is being smart and we are more advanced then animals and have more skills then animal.
Rithik
- Rithik, Johannesburg
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It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
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Being human is to be an individual person, you don't need to be like others or fit in, you have to be your self.
Harambe
- Harambe, Australia
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To be human means to belong to the Homo sapiens species, although not always we are wise.
Carla Mello
- Carla Mello, São Paulo, Brazil
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That we are capable of making a mistake!
Salty dog
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
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To be human, you have all the characteristics of a human, we are the top of the food chain
Jim
- Jim, Alaska
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Humans are social we are capable of love, hope, and sympathy. And thats what keeps us alive, the ability to stay together through emotions.
Nora
- Nora, Portland, OR
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To be a human is to be a bipedal, very intelligent and self-aware primate capable of conscious and complex thought.
Spencer
- Spencer, Gaithersburg, MD
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To be human means to be created in the image of God
Daniel
- Daniel, Maryland
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Being human is above all a social condition. Our knowledge, collaboration, and competition has distinguished us as human.
Giselle
- Giselle, Portland, OR
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Our brain and our skull grows allowing our brain to develop Giving us our technology, sensibility, emotions and most importantly our culture
Jessica G
- Jessica G, Roosevelt
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This question is complicated.....all of the answers on this page are adjectives describing the human experience.....being human ....
Dax
- Dax, York pa
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Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
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The ability to realize and fix our mistakes.
Rob Bowkett
- Rob Bowkett, bowkett.ca
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To have the ability to record thoughts, history and ideas.
James
- James, Maryland
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Gather physical information through the senses and utilize it to adpt to the environment and to alter the environment.
Roger Duronio
- Roger Duronio, New Jersey
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To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
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Human being are people who cannot be described because every human is unique and they can't be described by a single statement.
Ebehita Ukhurebor
- Ebehita Ukhurebor , South Africa
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language, ability to abstract, ability to generalize, conscious thought using abstractions of reality
DR EDGAR SHRIVER
- DR EDGAR SHRIVER, United States
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we aren't humans beings trying to be spiritual, we're spiritual beings trying to be human.
Sapeins
- Sapeins, Sapeins
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Being alive and breathing and imagining new technologies.
Émilie
- Émilie, Richmond, QC
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We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
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We're still trying to figure it out
Charlie Abelson
- Charlie Abelson, NYC
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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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To use social skills, be able to use our brain for complex uses, and creating, and/or using tools for a better and easier human life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
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Being human means to Be.
Petar
- Petar, Nis
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it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
James
- James, Coronado
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What it mean to be human? I think to be human is to stand up for what is wrong and do the right thing
Lachlan
- Lachlan, NSW
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Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
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To be human is to dream, imagine, and think reasoningly; and, reflect on and recreate one's self as often as one likes.
Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke
- Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke, Memphis, Tn
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The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
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is to live life an to be 1 of a kind or follow the herd to create from your imagination and bring it to reality to leave a mark or fade away
Jermain.L
- Jermain.L, ny,New york
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formar parte de una rama evolutiva animal llamada homínidos.
encarnación
- encarnación, españa
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To be yourself but with a little bit of everyone.
Maddie
- Maddie, Astoria, Oregon
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To be human means to see problems in different perspectives and to think and communicate in complicated ways.
Ariel
- Ariel, Phoenix, AZ
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