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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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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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To be human is to be able to think, have emotions, be able to learn from mistakes and to have conscious, humans go through a maturing cycle.
:) Someone :)
- :) Someone :), Southern hemisphere
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To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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To be human, means that you are able to use all of your specials chracteristics wherever and whenever you want.
Alex
- Alex , Massachussetts
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It's about shared symbolic worlds--images, language, sensations.
Diana
- Diana, Virginia
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Being human means being proud and strong, thankful for living on our planet Earth. That is what it means to be human.
Deegan Winkelman
- Deegan Winkelman, Fraser MI
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To be human means to cooperate effectively to develop as a society and at the same time hurt the ecosystems around us.
Kier Mitchel Pitogo
- Kier Mitchel Pitogo, Philippines
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We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
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two feet, have non-animal features and to not be very hairy like the Homo habilis.
Nereida rios
- Nereida rios, springfield, MA
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Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
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To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
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To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
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It means survival under given conditions.
Kristy
- Kristy, DC
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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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Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
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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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Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
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To experience the impossibles.
Marie C
- Marie C, Portland - RHS
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To be a human is to be able to think critically and act according to it; to learn and discover things around us; and to live and enjoy life.
Jeanalyn
- Jeanalyn, Illinois
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to be living
bob
- bob, missouri
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To be a being of God through an intelligent process which gives humans the ability to live and thrive.
Dr. Morcease J. Beasley
- Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, Covington, Georgia
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Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
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I think a human has a soul. That's what it means to be human.
21
- 21, Greenville, Sc
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It means you are living and you want to see everything in the world. It also means life with human forms.
Crazy old lady
- Crazy old lady, Mars
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To be human is to look at my eyes and see the universe.
Eduardo Romero p.
- Eduardo Romero p., Colombia
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It means to be able to create questions like the one we are trying to response right now
Marco Aurelio
- Marco Aurelio, Brazil
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To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
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It means that you are alive, you walk up straight, you have a big mind and you live a special life.
Kabo Modikwa
- Kabo Modikwa, Botswana
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To experience all of life's adventures, such as spending your Friday afternoon doing homework for your college anthropology class..
K
- K, USA
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Humans have the capability to completely disconnect from the environment in which we evolved.
Nate
- Nate, Portland, OR
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To be human is to have the ability to think & convey feelings & emotions. It's to be able to have thought & feel happiness, pain, anger etc.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, North Korea
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To be human is to pondering this very question...
Tamara R. Grayson
- Tamara R. Grayson, Derby, UK
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our bodies can digest almost any kind of food, and we don't have to live in one area because our bodies can adapt to different climates
Paris
- Paris, Rock hill
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To be human is to exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
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To be human is being smart and we are more advanced then animals and have more skills then animal.
Rithik
- Rithik, Johannesburg
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The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
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To share a genetic kinship with billions of other souls, while striving to a part of a community larger than yourself.
Dale
- Dale, Murfreesboro, TN
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To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
Christina Nichols-Whittaker
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
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To err.
William O'Reilly
- William O'Reilly, NY
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To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
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