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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 grasp the concept of time, to understand things which we don't need to understand, to not need to rely on instincts to do things.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Australia
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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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to live on earth with a brain a spine no claws and live civilized
angelina
- angelina, nc
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Nothing more than what it means for a bird to be a bird
Josehp
- Josehp, Queenstown, Newyork
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To be human means we are stumbling through our lives trying to find our purpose.
Jared Alexander
- Jared Alexander, Indiana
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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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Manipulating natural elements–agriculture: a huge factor in the development not only of the human species, but the world as a whole.
Isabelle
- Isabelle, College Park, MD
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To be human means to be forever changing and creating. It means to adapt and evolve as the strongest species on the planet.
JoAnn
- JoAnn, Germany
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To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
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To be human is to eat the best pork sandwich ever and simultaneously watch something on Netflix.
Lily
- Lily, Chicago, IL
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To be human means to have intelligence and faith in yourself and others
Alizet
- Alizet, Sprinfield,MA
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To be human means to know the heart of the matter.
Stephanie Lewis
- Stephanie Lewis, Whitsett, NC
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To be human is about wondering what makes me human, Haha!
Noam
- Noam, Paris, France
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Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
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It means that you are able to communicate past unintelligible grunts and gurgles, also only species has its own stock market.
FrizzantE
- FrizzantE, Alberta
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That we should be consious of the vulnerability of our homeplanet and the lifeforms that are on it.
rob van der vlugt
- rob van der vlugt, holland
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It means we are just one tiny part of a beautiful primate legacy!
Marjee
- Marjee, Washington DC
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To be a human, it means to have strong beliefs and feelings, and to express yourself in anyway you like.
Meghan
- Meghan, New Jersey
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To think independently and act upon
Joe
- Joe, Internet
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to know that God created us, each in his likeness. Genesis 1:26 "then God said let us make man in our own image."
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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Being human is a person that is distinguished from an animal.
garen
- garen, washungton dc
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To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
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To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
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To be sentient of your surroundings. Also, to be rational.
Kara
- Kara, Colorado
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To have free will.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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to have warm blood, skin over shell, hair over fur, two legs over four, an intelligent brain over just instinct.
Norma
- Norma, Texas
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It means to have knowledge and a choice
Jose
- Jose, Berlin, Germany
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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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i think what it means to be a human is to make mistake and by making them adapt into the environment
marcus
- marcus, melbourne
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I've a "Schopenhauerian", pessimistic view with artistic beauty: to be a human (a living being) is terrible and very troubling.
Wim Daeleman
- Wim Daeleman, Belgium
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Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
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Andromeda galaxie
Language, imagination, problem solving, curiosity, creativity, self importance, ego, society, childhood dependency, adult immaturity.
Steve
- Steve, DC
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It means you are a member of the current dominant species on this planet.
Brian
- Brian, Parsons
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To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
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To yearn for understanding and knowledge.
Jamie
- Jamie, Texas
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Being human is to do what a normal human would do. If you were born a human you are the same with different features.
Jason
- Jason, Johannesburg
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Humans constitute the first and only species which has named itself. We, humans, have proclaimed ourselves humans. To be human is to name.
Cedric Fangeat
- Cedric Fangeat, London
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To be human is to be able to control your actions and desires to yearn certain things.
Sha'Lynn Howard
- Sha'Lynn Howard, springfield, Massachusetts
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It means a human being, especially a person as distinguished from an animal or (in science fiction) an alien.
Samuel Benjamin Albert
- Samuel Benjamin Albert, Your Mom's House
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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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