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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 love, ethics and do non-survival but hard efforts.
the thinker
- the thinker, uk :0)
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i think it means to enjoy life and be the higher species.
caleb funk
- caleb funk, sweethome oregon 97386
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To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
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To be a mammal but also a civilized person
cant say
- cant say, cant say
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To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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It is a bounty of characteristics with a mind which can infinitely follow actions of any kind and wrap itself in amazing or melancholy skin.
David Brault
- David Brault, New York
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There is no answer, only the Question. To be what is asked and to seek it.
Eric Garrett
- Eric Garrett, Columbus, Ohio
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A semi-hairless primate with just enough theory of mind to feel guilty about being an animal...
Jonathan
- Jonathan , Asheville, NC
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What it means to be a human is to be able to socialize. Humans must be able to communicate, have emotions,and be able to walk on their feet.
Tulasi Landes
- Tulasi Landes, Washington DC
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We create tools for different uses, are social, can communicate, record, and express our thoughts and ideas with language and symbols.
Allison
- Allison, HTLA High School, California
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It means to, sadly, not be a magical wizard!
Jo
- Jo, Indiana
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What all humans have in common is that we can control fire, make and use tools, and use complex speech. These are things that only humans do
Luis
- Luis, Phoenix
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To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
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Being human means to have religous thought,such as burying dead.Humans have a very advanced language.Imagination is key to advancement.
SS Grade 7 Class Bob
- SS Grade 7 Class Bob, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
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Humanity is the best and worst thing to ever happen to this planet.
Melissa
- Melissa, Sacramento, CA
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We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
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to sit in an chair and wonder
Boussemaere
- Boussemaere, Belgium
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to be human, you need to be a speaking,living, cultural being
Mike
- Mike, USA
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To be one tip on the end of one branch of the tree that encompasses all living creatures on Earth, past and present.
Wendy
- Wendy, Cotati, CA
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To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
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we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
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We can do what others can’t, we have larger brains and are able to walk on two legs; these and more gave us advantages over species.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Portland, OR
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To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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To be human is to be aware to the point of oblivion.
Daniella Calasanz
- Daniella Calasanz, Washington State
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being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
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Being a human is having a soul. Knowing the difference between good and evil. And having an a imagination to be creative.
Marilynn
- Marilynn , Needham IN
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Being human is to laugh and to cry, to regret and to expect - sometimes all in a moment.
Anne McComas
- Anne McComas, Bel Air, MD
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To be human is to be created in the image of God Almighty. Genesis 1:26-27
J. S.
- J. S., USA
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To think,to love people, to explore,to learn
YU-CHIEH
- YU-CHIEH , Taiwan
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To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
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Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
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To be human is to know that God made me to know Him, to love Him and be happy with Him in the next life.
Hal M.
- Hal M., Boston, MA
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adaption,tools,fire,bipedalism,disconnected from our true home and nature,expressing emotion in extremes,surpassing nature
me
- me, usa
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To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
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To be human means to think, reason and feel emotion. To be human is to know what is morally right. To be human is to love others.
Cara
- Cara, Camden, TN
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Scientifically, human beings are the most complex structures of biodiversity. From DNA to an organism, every discovery is always a marvel.
Vishnu Priya P L
- Vishnu Priya P L, Manchester, CT
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I think being human means to fulfill one's passions and goals in life.
Haylee
- Haylee, California
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We control the future of all life on Earth, including that of our species. We have the collective capacity to thrive or perish.
Howard
- Howard, Pittsford, New York
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By nature w are created in God's image, this is evidenced by that we are rational free beings unlike all other animals in the world
Mike McKinstry
- Mike McKinstry, England
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To be advanced physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We build, learn, communicate, feel, and wonder.
Elaine
- Elaine, Maryland
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