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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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To think about our choices.
Mark T.
- Mark T., Worcester, MA
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Create and share stories.
Bella
- Bella, Indonesia
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Being on the top at the food chain by the virtue of developed knowledge and skills.
mansoorq
- mansoorq, pakistan
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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 have consciousness.
Joaquin
- Joaquin, San Luis Potosi, México
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To be HUMAN is to experience LIFE with the awareness of TIME. To fulfil one's potential as a HUMAN is to live with Kindness and Wisdom.
Michou
- Michou, England, UK
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To be a human is to have opposable thumbs and to be able to make the most advanced tools and to be able to have speech.
Rafi
- Rafi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
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To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
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Living
Leprechaun
- Leprechaun, The End of the Rainbow
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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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Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
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Sitting behind a monitor, thinking about an abstract question someone at the other side of the globe just asked you.
Gert-Jan
- Gert-Jan, Netherlands
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Being human is having a complex theory. And have that theory evolve over time. Have that theory explain where we came from.
Matt
- Matt, Kalbarri
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I hope, one day smarter than now...!
Alexis
- Alexis, Belgium
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We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
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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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Homo sapiens is the binomial nomenclature for the only extant human species. Homo is the human genus.
Jake
- Jake, VA
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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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Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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Poop and wipe also cook with fire.
Mrlivxample
- Mrlivxample, Oxnard, Ca
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To be human is to live, to learn and to care, expressing ourselves and searching for truth
Carlos Costa Cox
- Carlos Costa Cox, Brazil
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To be human is to be curiouser and curiouser.
David
- David, Escondido, Ca
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Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
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Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
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To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
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A living organism that possess characteristics, such as the ability to walk, talk and adapt to many situations
Shawn, Shannon, Jameliah
- Shawn, Shannon, Jameliah , Owings Mills,
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To make mistakes and fix them in a intelligent way. To take care and live on, and while doing it learning for science and future people.
Ethan W-F
- Ethan W-F, South Africa
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being human means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
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To cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
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Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
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We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
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Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
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Having the ability to think, learn, make, improve , empathize , help, teach, share and most importantly evolve as a being..
Ava
- Ava, Philippines
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To be human is to have a sense of morality. An inherent sense of right and wrong, and to know that you are created for a purpose.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Greenville, SC
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that we can do whatever we want
joe
- joe , waterville
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To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
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It means to be conditioned by a name, a tag, a label, a category or a concept ("HUMAN"), being unable to get rid of it and be yourself.
Eduardo
- Eduardo, NYC
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Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
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