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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 means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
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To be human is to be unique, be yourself and make mistakes. Being imperfect and having the right to choose. Being human is to be yourself.
Genevieve
- Genevieve, Blackburn High School, Australia
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To have the intellectual capacity to save the world or destroy the world, yet still be unable to make a clear choice between the two.
Michael Dalpee
- Michael Dalpee, Highland, MD
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having the most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
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Humans are defined by physical traits and what they make us capable of.We are social have identities and are a combination of nature/nurture
Kristi
- Kristi, College Park, MD
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To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
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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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Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
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Being human means being able to understand and choose between right and wrong, good or evil.
Anton
- Anton, Woodburn
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What separates humans from everything else is our innate sense of expression, communication, and over all superior intelligence.
Jason
- Jason, Chicago
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To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
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Being human means asking the question: "What does it mean to be human?" and then spending the rest of your existence seeking the answer.
Tina Sena
- Tina Sena, Massachusettes
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humans of later life achieve great inventions, discover the past and walk into the future.
Francesca
- Francesca, Yardley, PA
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To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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to be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
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To treat all life on earth with respect so that our children also can enjoy the beauty of this fantastic planet.
Wim Hohage
- Wim Hohage, the Netherlands
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Having ability to adapt to and with the environment, changing surroundings and tools as needed for survival.
Charlotte
- Charlotte, Planet Earth
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having emotions that are unique to our species that other creature couldn't begin to comprehend, these unique emotions allow us freewill
Joshua Saunders
- Joshua Saunders, Nottingham, UK
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Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
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It means no more or no less than being the dominant species at this moment in time.
Mike
- Mike, Baton rouge
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To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
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To be able to walk upright, communicate with one another, make tools and fend for ourselves and one another.
Calissa
- Calissa, Portland, OR
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Being human means being created here on Earth by God for the sole purpose of serving Him for all of our lives.
Ben
- Ben, Philadelphia, PA
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It means I can imagine I'm a horse with my friends.
Olivia, age 4
- Olivia, age 4, Palatine, IL
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To have the most gifted abilities over all creatures.
Chirstopher
- Chirstopher, Mesa,AZ
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To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
Sean
- Sean, Torrance
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To want. To give. To love
Donald
- Donald, Pyongyang
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To commit mistakes.
Jose
- Jose, Compton
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Being human is about being smart, caring, communicative, and a part of something more important than yourself.
Jonathan Graef
- Jonathan Graef, San Antonio TX
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I believe what makes us human is our ability to contemplate eternity.
Lauren Elizabeth
- Lauren Elizabeth, Greenville, SC
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being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
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Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
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Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
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Being human means to socialize, create change, & use tools. Through communication, human beings changed the world and continue to do this.
SMSLGL
- SMSLGL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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to be able to love!:)
maddie
- maddie, WI USA
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to have empathy, compassion and to take care of...all what is alive, to embrace what unites us,
Maria Dekeersmaeker
- Maria Dekeersmaeker, Belgium
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To be human is to be complex, to think to your full capacity, to strive to be the best, and to make a change to the world we live in.
Morgan
- Morgan , New Braunfels, Tx
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it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
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To posses a large brain and the ability to communicate through speech and the use of tools
Angelica Li
- Angelica Li, United States
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to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
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