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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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The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
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Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
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Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
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To be able to understand how the physical world works and being able to shape our own environment unlike any other organism in this world.
Oscar G.
- Oscar G., California
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savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
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The things that make us human are the mental things like how we think and the feelings that we have.
Matthew McAllister
- Matthew McAllister, School Without Walls
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To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
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To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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I'm not sure
Mrs. Chomik
- Mrs. Chomik, Stone age
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Being created in the image of God, having an eternal soul and the ability to have a relationship with the Creator of the universe!
Chelsea
- Chelsea, Los Angeles
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To be human is to constantly flip through chaos to find meaning in something, and revert back into chaos.
Avani Jain
- Avani Jain, India
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It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
Felix Daverio
- Felix Daverio, NSW
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to be human to keep thinking, asking, keep doubt and find the answer.
sutxa
- sutxa, Palistine
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To BE Human is to Love. To simply and wholly Love.
Jacob
- Jacob, Kentucky
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To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
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To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
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To be a human, it means to have strong beliefs and feelings, and to express yourself in anyway you like.
Meghan
- Meghan, New Jersey
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Unfortunately, to be human is to have the capacity to act against nature. No other creature can commit such acts.
G. Bernard Sawyer
- G. Bernard Sawyer, Stone Mountain, GA. USA
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To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
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To ponder the humans who came before and will come in the future.
Matt
- Matt, Arizona USA
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human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
gianni
- gianni, new york
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it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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To be different from one another, and to care for animals and humans.
Justin, Micheal
- Justin, Micheal, Astoria Or
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To realize how much beauty there is in the world
Ivet
- Ivet, Boston
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Man is incomprehensible.
phanuwat
- phanuwat, bangkok
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To be human is to communicate and care for others, and to be able to cooperate and put others first.
Maddy
- Maddy, McLean, VA
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Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
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To question
Jake
- Jake, MD,USA
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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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To be human means to only be able to do so much. I also agree with andrew shely from new york.
Deziree rosignon
- Deziree rosignon , houston,texas
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As humans, we have the ability to affect change in the world on a global scale through our knowledge and perception of the world around us.
Jennifer W
- Jennifer W, Museum of Natural History
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The constant struggle to better our species as a whole. No other species has the comprehension to understand where they stand.
Lance King
- Lance King, Myrtle Beach, SC
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To have opposable thumbs and and the knowledge to use them to the greater good of the universe
Stephanie
- Stephanie, KY
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to be human, you need to be a speaking,living, cultural being
Mike
- Mike, USA
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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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We are the species that tells stories.
Dave Luckett
- Dave Luckett, Western Australia
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to see, to feel, to touch to live and to die to decay and return to this planet
Gita Yoanita
- Gita Yoanita, Indonesia
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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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Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
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