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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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We teach; we can take anothers' perspective; and we not only perceive relationships between things, we invent them.
Davy Neyder
- Davy Neyder, Toronto
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To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
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being human is the ability to have resiliance.
katie pollard
- katie pollard, alexandria, va
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To be human is to be complex, to think to your full capacity, to strive to be the best, and to make a change to the world we live in.
Morgan
- Morgan , New Braunfels, Tx
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To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
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It is a 30,000 year old hand print with red on the side to show the hand print it was on an light brown rocky wall
To be a human means that you to write, to understand of what the humans say. You learn how to respect to love and be the best you can be.
Joe
- Joe, California, Ca
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It means we can come to understand ourselves as the products of evolution and then use our powers of reason to make a more humane world.
Eric R Roberts
- Eric R Roberts, St. Louis, MO
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To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
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It means we are beings God made superior to animals and all living things
Graeme
- Graeme, Sacred Heart College
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To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
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what is means to be human is that we feel pain and emotins and being human. We are like the species that rule the world
Kayle
- Kayle, Wykes
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primate, bipedal, open language, compassion, violence, the ability to question.
tucker
- tucker, spokane
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The ability to visualize what never was and make a plan to create it.
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
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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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To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
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What it means to be human, is to co-operate with one another and help one another.
Steven
- Steven, Sacred Heart College
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The very fact that we consider this question!
Sherylle
- Sherylle, Western Australia
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It is the ability to share who you think you are and what you have done with your friends and family.
Bruce Gangnath
- Bruce Gangnath, Fallbrook, Ca
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To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
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Humans can think beyond what can be seen, creating new ideas. Using them to change our evolutionary path and our surroundings.
Clinton Williams
- Clinton Williams, Golden horseshoe, Canada
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What it means to me to be human is to do the things that interest you. You only have one life so why not do the things you want to do?
Bryan Lomeli
- Bryan Lomeli, Torrance, CA
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
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We determine our fate and destiny. We explore what our minds can understand. Then we must do what we can to contribute to the whole...
Jeremy Pauhl
- Jeremy Pauhl, Hamilton, Canada
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It means that you can wonder about what it means to be human
Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson
- Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson, Israel
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To feel and be aware of our own self consciousness
Jesse
- Jesse, Canada
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To have self-contol. To feel guilt, greed, and love more than other animals. We are the same species but are different in our own ways.
Sylvia Gisler
- Sylvia Gisler, Washington, DC
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Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
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To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
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To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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Never letting your friends and family go, is love.
Sally
- Sally, Missouri
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To be human is to not be entirely influenced by instinctual emotions, but also by the light of reason.
John
- John, GA
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to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
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We’re not some "thing" but a 14.6 billion year “process” (of elements left alone to complexify). We’re the Universe expressed as a human.
E.David Garcia
- E.David Garcia, Arlington, Virginia, USA
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Being human means to be a woman it means to have an advanced brain to contemplate our own existance and to walk think and work
k.bizzle
- k.bizzle, new york
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Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
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Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
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Having the capability to think rationally and share feelings with other humans
Mary Frank
- Mary Frank, Richland College
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CAN NOT BREED WITH NONHUMANS
RONALD MOHORN
- RONALD MOHORN, CALIFORNIA
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It means to be in God's image
Mike.P
- Mike.P, 17737
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