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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 a human is to reproduce to pass on our adaptations and mutations to future generations
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , Phoenix Arizona
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Human means being an ape that can throw stright. Bipedal platform for throwing jump started humankind.
Elliott Greer
- Elliott Greer, South Carolina
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being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
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To be human is to be creative and independent and helpful
aidan
- aidan, Sacred heart collage
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It means to live life to the fullest and not just to survive time as a species. It means to feel alive.
António
- António, Portugal
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Bipedalism is the key factor that is associated with the characteristics of humans. Bipedalism means walking on two feet.
Student
- Student, School
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To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
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The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
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To be Human is to be made up of a particular combination of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
Randyl
- Randyl, Almonte, Ontario
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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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to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
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To lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
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I think being human means that you are a being who breathes oxygen, feels emotion and invents various amounts of technology
Sahil Moodley
- Sahil Moodley, South Africa
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You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
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TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
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To explore and learn.
Ron
- Ron, Las Vegas, NV
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To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Croaby
- Angus Croaby, Hong Kong
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To have the ability to make social and emotional bonds.
Melody
- Melody, Los Angeles, USA
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To have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
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To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
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For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
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Humans are complex beings who are spiritually connected and have their own thoughts and morals about the world around them.
Brooke
- Brooke, Astoria
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I think being human means to fulfill one's passions and goals in life.
Haylee
- Haylee, California
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To be human is to be imperfect in an otherwise perfect world.
Rose
- Rose, Maine
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Humans are aware about and manipulates the conditions for their own existence by remembering the past and planning for the future.
Mikael
- Mikael, Stockholm, Sweden
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Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
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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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God's Creation
Gayle
- Gayle, Virginia
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Being human means we have the power to change the earth, and the responsibility to do so without destroying it.
Ambre Ying
- Ambre Ying, California
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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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Made in the image of God, put on this Earth for His purposes and glory.
John
- John, 3:16
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To mainstream
Hipster
- Hipster, Some place on Earth
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To be human you have to have a brain and an orderly body structure.
Devinity Apollon
- Devinity Apollon, Washington, DC
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It means we evolved from hominid ancestors.
Brad P
- Brad P, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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What does it mean to be human? Having the ability to ask this question is a great part of what makes us human.
Matt
- Matt, Washington, DC
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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 step outside of our own humanity and evaluate it.
Adam
- Adam, Connecticut
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To make mistakes, learn from them, and realize what went wrong in order to go in the right direction.
Kathleen Jackson
- Kathleen Jackson, Inwood, WV
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To not be any other animal or life form and know it.
Hulon
- Hulon, Rialto
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The greek word for human is anthropos, a combination of two words meaning the one who looks up. Humanity development.
Chris
- Chris, Cyprus
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