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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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Being human means developing complex cultures, religion, and being bipedal which gives room for a complex brain structure.
Kristopher Krohn
- Kristopher Krohn, Mesa, Arizona
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To be human means to feel emotions and learn to be able to deal with hardship, to know from right and wrong, and learn and grow.
Hanna
- Hanna, Portland
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Being human is so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
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To look back upon our past actions and explore where we came from, to ask questions , to be skeptical, and most of all be loving and caring
Drew M.
- Drew M., Rockville, MD
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It means human have the desire to get something in life and wisdom to analyse the life..
Sara Sheikh
- Sara Sheikh, Pakistan
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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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It means to learn and achieve things that no other species have even came close to.
Maxpayne
- Maxpayne, England
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To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
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Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
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Being human means to know God in a personal way and having a personal walk with Him. We should do our best in this world to please Him.
Adam
- Adam, Woodbridge, VA
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To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
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Pic of me feeding baby raccoon
Caring, compassion, nurturing, similiar yet different, intelligent, in God's likeness w/great capacity for love; the positive aspects.
Wendy
- Wendy, Grand Blanc, Michigan
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Being human means that one has emotions towards oneself or another.
Dylan Deshler
- Dylan Deshler, Washington, D.C
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to be concious, acquiring new knowledges from experiences lived or shared through language by others.
Daniel Israel
- Daniel Israel, Brazil
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Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
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It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
Felix Daverio
- Felix Daverio, NSW
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It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
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we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
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A person who's not a animal. They have characteristics that separate humans from animals. We change the world and do things differently.
Mallory
- Mallory, Iowa
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you can't have all the same traits as animals.
Meghan Thomas
- Meghan Thomas, da hood
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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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To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
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To have identity and consciousness.
Valentine
- Valentine, DC
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
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Means to be one of the most adaptiv creature on the Earth, to be in a permanent evolution and single animal capable to lie very well
GeoMatei
- GeoMatei, Bucharest, Romania
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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 make the most out if the one life you have. To gain true knowledge and share it with the world for the advancement of civilization.
Will Dickerson
- Will Dickerson, Piedmont, South Carolina
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To be conscious of our consciousness
Arthur Frank
- Arthur Frank, Amsterdam
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Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
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To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
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power hungry struggle for knowledge quenched by the inevitable death
micheal jones
- micheal jones, brantford
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To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
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Increase of information storage. Forces-maybe toolmaking-pushed for larger brain,hand, not being sea creatures all gelled into humans.
Gary Samuel
- Gary Samuel, Columbia, Maryland, USA
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To be human is to think, especially to question: from “Why did I do that?” to “Why are we here?” No other species lives on this 2nd level.
Ryan
- Ryan, Albuquerque, NM
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To be human is to learn and build off knowledge from present and deceased generations. Essentially, to have continuous growth in thought.
Paul
- Paul, University of Maryland, College Park
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Humans are distinct from all other creatures in their ability to express themselves.
Julia Barrett
- Julia Barrett, Torrance, CA
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to be human is to have sympathy and empathy: while not to be human is to not to have any
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA, USA
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To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
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