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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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Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
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- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
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To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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Being human Is feeling empathy thinking and having a frontal lobe that stops us behaving like animals.
Christine
- Christine, Australia
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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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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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To be aware; to have a large brain; to have language; to have precision hands; to have an iPad2; and to have the Internet.
Tom Woosnam
- Tom Woosnam, Estero, FL
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To be aware that life is not without the responsibility of valuing all forms of it, not in dominion but in equanimity and synergy.
J.T.
- J.T., Washington, DC
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To be a species who holds some of the greatest prejudice against their own kind, but has some of the greatest capacity for love ever seen.
Samantha Smith
- Samantha Smith, Alburtis, Pennsylvania
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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to share knowledge no matter what that might be.
anon
- anon, theinterwebz
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Our need to understand our enviroment and the world around us.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle , Washington DC
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It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
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Being human means we have beliefs, customs, and can express our thoughts and emotions through language. We have advanced in tools.
Hannah
- Hannah, California
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To be part of and experience the meme culture. I'm 12 btw.
Arthur
- Arthur, NY
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To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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To be a human means to live your life like a true animal in society
Perry
- Perry, India
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It is the ability to dream and unlock the secrets of the universe. The ability to refine our morality and make the world a better place.
Michael Martinez
- Michael Martinez, South Dakota
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To think and feel and then act. Often able to rise above those animal instincts we all possess.
Lacie
- Lacie, Idaho
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livin for the dank memes
Kazoo Kid
- Kazoo Kid, Lazy Town
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to be unique individuals
Candice B
- Candice B, bloomington,mn
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To wonder
Jlb
- Jlb, Nj
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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 is to be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
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To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
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a human is one that has thoughts,emotions,dreams,and ability to speak also a human is one with beleifs and is able to walk bipedily.
Michelle
- Michelle, MA Springfeild USA
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To be a human means living life, having fun, and to be able to love.
Desmond W.
- Desmond W., Virginia
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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 change the lives of every thing even the smallest organisms n
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
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Humans are defined by their inquisitiveness to determine their origin.
Hope C. Ostrander
- Hope C. Ostrander, Cortland University, NY
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To be human is to have greater intelligence than our ancestors that we study today
Jacqueline Xu
- Jacqueline Xu, Cupertino, CA
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Being the only species we know who can know that we're spinning along at 1000 miles an hour, and not falling off.
Harry
- Harry, Portland, OR
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It's means that we all part of the same species and we all have similar Inteligents.
Sebastine
- Sebastine, Scared heart collage
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To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
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We make mistakes and learn from them. We create new ideas. We have to grow and learn step by step, how to live and act.
Megan N.
- Megan N., Roosevelt High School
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It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
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to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
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we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
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