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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 so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
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We are artists. Whether we tell our story with words, paint or music, we want to understand and to be understood.
Darren Thompson
- Darren Thompson, Westerville, OH
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To live a long and happy life.
Jack R.
- Jack R., Iowa
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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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The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
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Humans are inventive and curious. They care about more then what they have, and that is what it means to be a human.
Melissa
- Melissa , Oregon
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The universe understanding itself.
kasey
- kasey, Erin, TN
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Being human means that you interact with your friends and family
Kyle Naidoo
- Kyle Naidoo, Johannesburg
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To be able to change the roll of toilet paper correctly, paper in the pull down position.
Alice Tully-Hall
- Alice Tully-Hall, Denver, Colorado
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Being human means that we have the ability to move bipedally, hunt, protect our loved ones, create, destroy, think, and have feelings.
Kristina Ramos
- Kristina Ramos, California
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To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
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Being human means walking upright, making tools to hunt, communicating with symbols, & having highly developed brains
Sherin Menachery
- Sherin Menachery, College Park, Maryland
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Laughter, Smiles, Thoughtfulness towards others and thoughtfulness about life, Sharing, Exploring, Learning, and Asking Questions
KDdidit
- KDdidit, Great Falls
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We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
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We wonder where we came from. We wonder if there is anyone else like us anywhere.
Linda Kuczwanski
- Linda Kuczwanski, Oklahoma City, OK
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to think and question all that you see and hear.
adi ben hur
- adi ben hur, israel
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To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
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To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
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a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
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Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
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The change of our bodies throughout the years,using tools and weapons,and our brain size increasing when we eat meat make us human.
Megan
- Megan, Arizona
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To be a curious specie
Aamir
- Aamir, Pakistan
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The ability to feel emotions, you have your own thoughts, and you are culturally diverse in your own unique.
Ashley
- Ashley, Astoria, OR
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Being human means asking questions and exploring what it means to be human. This website is a fantastic example of that! Kudos!
Beatrice Afrangui
- Beatrice Afrangui, Potomac, MD
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To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Idk anymore
Dead Donkey
- Dead Donkey, https://www.google.com/maps/@-23.5278477,24.7226243,3a,75y,302.33h,60.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3L-F887yPcBnejtJvT6DoA!2e0!7i13
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Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
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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 a human means to have the ability to use our brain to collect the resources from like, the the outside world to stay alive.
Alexis Pedro
- Alexis Pedro, woodburn
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To be human is to be the most egotistical, self-absorbed, destructive, atrocity-committing species on the planet.
Steve Schlarb
- Steve Schlarb, Irving, Texas
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To live not just survive.
Tom Hamilton
- Tom Hamilton, UK
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The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
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I think being a human is about caring for other humans and creatures is what being a human is about.
Andre
- Andre, Massachussets
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Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
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Words don't even come close, because to be human is not a meaning, it's a feeling.
Hubert Meeker
- Hubert Meeker, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
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To have culture, religion, and tradition. To be the unique great ape the god created to be above all other creatures; a human being.
Nehemiah Rodriguez
- Nehemiah Rodriguez, CA
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To be human is wanting to be known and recognized, to change the world, to adapt to surroundings and to be loved by others.
Alvina
- Alvina, California
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To be conscious of our evolution and the effect of our actions and words unto others and the environment.
Helene Tremblay
- Helene Tremblay, Montreal, Quebec
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To be human you dont have to be smart but you must walk upright and have cloathing
Julie
- Julie, CA
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Knowing right from wrong, and using your souroundings as an advantage to develop in society
Victoria
- Victoria, USA
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