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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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The capacity for imagination and conceptual thought.
William B. Cusack
- William B. Cusack, Los Angeles
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To have the intelligence mixed with curiosity to destroy the need for religions.
Jordan Allen
- Jordan Allen, Lawrenceville, PA
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Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
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Having a soul.
Becks
- Becks, Greenville, SC
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To love and fall out of love, to judge others and be judged, to find joy and loose it, to smile and cry, to fail and seek redemption.
Alex
- Alex, Corona, California
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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 be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
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We make representations of the world around us.
Amy Callner
- Amy Callner, USA
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To be human is to err.
Carter
- Carter, Maryland
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Our remarkable ability to adapt to the new environment.
Dzemila
- Dzemila, Arap-Ward
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To beable to know I am alive which is something animals can't do.
Marcus
- Marcus, Auburn, MA
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To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
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Simple answer: human evolution
Rachel
- Rachel , Columbia, SC
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To think and ponder over and above that which is needed for our survival. To analyze the environment. To think over complex problems.
Tzh Utmep
- Tzh Utmep, Pakistan
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A species that can ponder their existence.
Valerie First
- Valerie First, Winter Springs, Florida
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being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
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To be human is to having a higher understanding of what is going on in the world around you.
Jessica Cruz
- Jessica Cruz, Chicago, IL
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To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
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to be living
bob
- bob, missouri
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Humans have an advanced written language. The idea of religion is another solely human trait. Humans have the ability to set moral values.
SS Grade 7 Class A
- SS Grade 7 Class A, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
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Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
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To be human is to be the most egotistical, self-absorbed, destructive, atrocity-committing species on the planet.
Steve Schlarb
- Steve Schlarb, Irving, Texas
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To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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For every human, life is a struggle to get better treatment in this rancorous planet. In the end strongest always prevails over the weakest.
Abdullah Chatha
- Abdullah Chatha, New York, USA
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To have compassion, which means to have imagination.
Karen
- Karen, Raleigh, NC
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A sentient being that has transcendental quality to connect and to 'see' beyond and be homey with it.
chintya huanguos
- chintya huanguos, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Awareness of our mortality
brenda
- brenda, illinois
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We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
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To be human you dont have to be smart but you must walk upright and have cloathing
Julie
- Julie, CA
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To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
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To be human is to flow to have life with meaning and feeling to find to find your inner dauntless and your inner reader
Katniss ever prior
- Katniss ever prior, DBMS
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To treat all life on earth with respect so that our children also can enjoy the beauty of this fantastic planet.
Wim Hohage
- Wim Hohage, the Netherlands
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To be human is to know right and wrong, to bend the environment to our needs for tools, and to feel emotions.
Autumn
- Autumn, Belleville East High School
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To breathe and circulate blood and have higher thought patterns than lesser animals
Dan
- Dan, Perth
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To decide if you will be one who makes life better for yourself or for others, and then discovering what everyone looks for in death.
Jarrod, Age 15
- Jarrod, Age 15, Seattle, WA, USA
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To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
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Better fill... it means Jesus.
Philip Renoud
- Philip Renoud, Fort Bragg, CA
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We are all one family, doesn't matter the species.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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To be a human is to become one, before you knew so...
Henny H
- Henny H, Indonesia
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