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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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Being a human means that we are able to innovate and create ideas out of our abstract and imaginative minds, including emotions.
Jay
- Jay, California
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Unique sophisticated forms of communication allowing for the detailed exchange of ever more descriptive imagination techniques.
Andy J
- Andy J , Manchester
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To be human is to survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
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Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
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It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
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To have the ability to love and be loved despite knowledge and understanding of flaws and failures.
Mom
- Mom, Dacula, GA
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it means to breathe and move also to live
Annistacia
- Annistacia, MI
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To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
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To be human is to be unique from every other species: created to love, created to create, created to serve.
Austin
- Austin, USA
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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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It means how we'd lived in the past!
Raven
- Raven, Hamden
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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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Man is the only animal who knows its own name
Chris
- Chris, New York
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capacity for language and its further development
E. Lorenz
- E. Lorenz, Grasse, Frane
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To be able to lie in the anatomical position and to have visible and anatomical similarities between each being
Rachel Irvine
- Rachel Irvine, Ontario Canada
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Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
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A human is curious, creative, adaptable, and also closed minded and submissive of the new; in other words humans are self contradictory.
bruce
- bruce, mendocino
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To be human is to feel, love, create, conquer, and believe.
Ty
- Ty, Astoria, Oregon
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To cry salty tears of joy and sorrow.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, Durham NC
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A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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It means we have evolved into an animal that knows the earth is NOT the center of the universe, and the arrogance to believe that WE are.
John La
- John La, USA
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To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
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To be human means You love another human because what You feel.
sims
- sims, brock middle school
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The ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
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To be human means to overcome the challenges in life, achieve goals, fit into society, and to survive.
Cole
- Cole, Astoria, OR
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To be human is to be on the outside, looking in. To separate from the unity of the universe and become an analyzing observer.
The Phoenix
- The Phoenix, Cheektowaga, New York
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To be able to remember the past and to imagine the future.
Adriana Calejo
- Adriana Calejo, Miami, FL
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to be human is usally based on mistakes and could take a while to get used to plus we are special and have many special personalitys.
dom lozano
- dom lozano, illionis
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Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
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Being human means to feel every emotion, especially deeper than any animal ever could. We're all different, and that's what makes us human.
Ruby
- Ruby, Woodburn, OR
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To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
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To sing.
Colette
- Colette, Potomac, MD
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It means to have the ability to make rational decisions, and to differentiate what's right from wrong.
eduardo
- eduardo, Missouri
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For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
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To be human means to be intelligant and to be the dominate species. Also to be able to be in our state of mind.
Courtney
- Courtney, The Springfield Renaissance School
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To be human is to find purpose.
Adam
- Adam , NJ
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To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
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To be a Homo sapiens
Anders Dahl
- Anders Dahl, Technical University of Denmark
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To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
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