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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 be human is to know that we are capable of destroying and at the same time create. To feel everything that we do.
Sebastian
- Sebastian, Poções, Brazil
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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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we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
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To evolve.
Cynthia
- Cynthia, Mesa, AZ
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To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
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we have an education that will take us through the right paths and get good things out of it.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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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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A human is curious, creative, adaptable, and also closed minded and submissive of the new; in other words humans are self contradictory.
bruce
- bruce, mendocino
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To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
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To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
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Being human means the ability to be empathetic, yet not understand each other at all.
Katy
- Katy, California
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Understand the world and act to better our future and do good to others. 'Greater' talents come with greater responsibilities
mik
- mik, mauritius, indian ocean
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To look at the cosmos and wonder what is out there/
De'Adrian
- De'Adrian, Virginia
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To shape the world around us.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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What separates humans from other things is that we can evolve and lead. We've changed the way we've lived and survived since humans began.
Lily
- Lily, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Being human means changing what you do according to the environment that you live in.
Becca
- Becca, Sigourney
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To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
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to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
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A mammal that's born to be humans who have emotions and are able to interact with other people.
Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony
- Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
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it means to be able to put a mark on the world as a testament of your own existence...
Sayak Chakraborty
- Sayak Chakraborty, Kolkata, India
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It is not enough to learn how to survive, we have to learn how to live. It is not enough to discover, we have to find our purpose.
David Tabari
- David Tabari, Oklahoma City, OK
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Humans were best adapted to outwit every other species on the planet for better or for worse.
John
- John, Northern California
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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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to connect your mind with the minds of all the human species.
Anfal m.
- Anfal m., Arabia
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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 human is to be aware of our Creator, we are all made in the image of God! And made for a purpose.
Elizabeth Coakley
- Elizabeth Coakley, Sterling, CO
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Ser Humano é estar em contato ao genero e entender nossas evoluçoes.
Newton x Mendes x Vieira
- Newton x Mendes x Vieira, Brazil Belo Horizonte
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Abstract thought.
Sam
- Sam, Hertfordshire, UK
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Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
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I think being human means being an individual and not having someone like you. Unique, is another word I would use to describe being human.
Dalila Solorio
- Dalila Solorio, Lake Elsinore , California
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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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Having a big brain (over 1300 Grams) and superior inteligence!
Carlos ACamargo MD
- Carlos ACamargo MD, Stanford CA
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To be a shame to the universe
Bob
- Bob, Tokyo
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having a chin and a forehead.
Jasmine
- Jasmine, New York
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To be human is to collectively pay homage to the past and create a dynamic future, while being uniquely aware of both.
Dan Chadwick
- Dan Chadwick, Falls Church, VA
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i think it means to be human is to evolve
dsmith
- dsmith, altantes
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You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
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to be smart
marie
- marie, springfield
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