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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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I don't know but surely the last human being (on Earth?) will provide a definitive answer.
W.
- W., Turin, ITALY
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I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
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What it mean to be human? I think to be human is to stand up for what is wrong and do the right thing
Lachlan
- Lachlan, NSW
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To be human is to have memories of stories from the past.
Gracie FLood
- Gracie FLood, Emmaus, PA, USA
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Science has helped humans to grow and prosper but at a very high and unaffordable cost of the environment which will destroy us one day
Brian Dsouza
- Brian Dsouza, Goa
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Humans are: 1. Created beings 2. With a tragic ability to destroy 3. But an inescapable urge to build after destruction
Jason
- Jason, South Korea
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Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
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Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
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To be evolving every second and to live life to its fullest
Esther Liu
- Esther Liu, San Francisco, CA
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To be human is being whole; ones subliminal majesty and inner kindling determines ones holistic existence.
Chad Bernal
- Chad Bernal , Madison, Connecticut
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It means we evolved from hominid ancestors.
Brad P
- Brad P, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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To live life can do it well and with confidence
JFK
- JFK, Selby
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Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
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To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
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It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
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to have a sense of self and an identity, with thoughts and feelings
gabi
- gabi, Maryland
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to love life and other humans
snow
- snow, jhb
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It means to have knowledge and a choice
Jose
- Jose, Berlin, Germany
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smart ,dominate, to, speak, advandce, different, body ,structers, less, hairy, religious
Justin Marshall
- Justin Marshall, springfield renaissance school
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Being human is to love and be loved. It is the ability to feel compassion for all living things and to act in their best interest.
Jan Aubrey
- Jan Aubrey, Milwaukee
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To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
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The ability to be good and kind excessively.
Rohan Roger
- Rohan Roger, Harvard University
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To have identity and consciousness.
Valentine
- Valentine, DC
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It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
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The curiosity to learn and the ability to use that knowledge and learn more
Megan
- Megan, Prague
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to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
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The ability to decide to control our emotions and reactions to stimulus or let them control us.
Bruce
- Bruce, Shenandoah Valley, VA
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Being human means to be responsible for the whole world because of deeper insight.
Peer
- Peer, Germany
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To be a mammal but also a civilized person
cant say
- cant say, cant say
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To learn from mistakes, through discovered errors and thus follow laws.
Jeff
- Jeff, Sydney
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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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it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
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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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I think that being human is having the ability to analyze, communicate through spoken language and writing, and express and feel emotions.
Impana S.
- Impana S., College Park, Maryland
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Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
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Existing. Being.
Jayden Reece
- Jayden Reece, AU
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Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
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To argue the very reason why and how we are here. To question and search for oh so complex yet simple meaning of life itself.
Khalil J
- Khalil J, Portland,OR
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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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We are more than just a physical body and matter. We are able to think deeply, make decisions, and distinguish between right and wrong.
Michaela
- Michaela, Florida
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