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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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Freed Durrt
- Freed Durrt, Skeatrle
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HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
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I had just penned some difficult sheep with a border collies and I'm just so pleased with myself.  Just another example of what it's like to be human.
Being human is understanding the significance of being able to touch the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb.
John Bernard
- John Bernard, 985 Island Rd, Victoria BC Canada V2X 2V1
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It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
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to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
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To be yourself but with a little bit of everyone.
Maddie
- Maddie, Astoria, Oregon
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To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
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The capacity for imagination and conceptual thought.
William B. Cusack
- William B. Cusack, Los Angeles
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Humans are aware about and manipulates the conditions for their own existence by remembering the past and planning for the future.
Mikael
- Mikael, Stockholm, Sweden
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To be human is to be aware of our individuality and mortality and to desperately seek meaning in our brief existence.
Daniel Cox
- Daniel Cox, Sacramento, CA
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We are apes with language ...with the same biological drives just with sociocultural interpretations
django
- django, ohio
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Self-awareness of mortality and denial of that truth through the use of religion.
Bodygrace
- Bodygrace , Texas
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To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
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A reflective drop of water on a green leaf.
To use our knowledge of human nature to improve our society, and ultimately, human nature itself.
Vlad Muresan
- Vlad Muresan, Romania
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Being human means knowing you are alive and having a conscience.
Chris
- Chris , emmaus HS
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To have culture, religion, and tradition. To be the unique great ape the god created to be above all other creatures; a human being.
Nehemiah Rodriguez
- Nehemiah Rodriguez, CA
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To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
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To be a living, walking, talking, creature who has artifical inteligence
Max
- Max, Cambridge, MA
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Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
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to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
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To be human is the capacity of create philosophical theories and not to be able to follow them.
Ema Berta
- Ema Berta, Portugal
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It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
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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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Being human is to do what a normal human would do. If you were born a human you are the same with different features.
Jason
- Jason, Johannesburg
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To enjoy life while it lasts. Also make mistakes, build, destroy things. To love every single view that you see. To make history!
Alicia
- Alicia, Milwaukee, WI
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The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
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Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
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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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To be nice to one another ( also pizza! )
Not telling my name
- Not telling my name, Not telling my Location either
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To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
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Each human is different and special. You won't find another yourself in the whole world. This is what I think it means to be human.
Katrina Kaif
- Katrina Kaif, Hong Kong
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To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
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Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
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I think to be human is to be living life and having your own state of mind.
Alissa
- Alissa, Springfield
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TO understand we are not alone. To share this planet.
Sabaa
- Sabaa, Tanzania
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I THINK "TO SERVE,RESEARCH AND ENJOY THE LIFE OF PLANET EARTH IS THE MEANING OF LIFE".
RAHMD
- RAHMD, INDIA
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The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
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Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
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human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
gianni
- gianni, new york
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I think being human means we all have minds, and biochemical make-up of our bodies and knowing how to use them together makes us human.
Nancy Thompson
- Nancy Thompson, Longview, WA
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