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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 you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
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To be human is to having a higher understanding of what is going on in the world around you.
Jessica Cruz
- Jessica Cruz, Chicago, IL
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To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
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It means to live love laugh, have faith, and do your best, you only have one life to live that God Blessed you with, make the best of it.
Jennifer Rose
- Jennifer Rose, Florida
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To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
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The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
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Humans (and some of our ancestors) are the only animals that can use and manipulate fire.
Sean
- Sean, Portland, OR
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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being human means to be able to think of complicated ideas and to be able to walk up right for long periods of time.
Danielle
- Danielle, Windermere, FL
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the only species able to sequence his own genome
Marrero
- Marrero, Brazil
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It means we can problem solve and have the ability to impact the world
Belton
- Belton, In this bitch
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I had just penned some difficult sheep with a border collies and I'm just so pleased with myself.  Just another example of what it's like to be human.
Being human is understanding the significance of being able to touch the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb.
John Bernard
- John Bernard, 985 Island Rd, Victoria BC Canada V2X 2V1
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In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
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Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
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Having the abilities to think, refine natural resources for our own comfort and protect or kill other species.
Jason
- Jason , Sydney, Australia
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being human is to live and learn and love why you can
janae long
- janae long, 38301
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To live not just survive.
Tom Hamilton
- Tom Hamilton, UK
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To have compassion, which means to have imagination.
Karen
- Karen, Raleigh, NC
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That we are all connected
Titus
- Titus, Boone, NC
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To be conscious of our consciousness
Arthur Frank
- Arthur Frank, Amsterdam
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it means to know exactly the limits in a society and community we live in. would behave as we wanted others to behave to us.(most of us)
ahmad ansari
- ahmad ansari, iran.arak
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I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
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fun
po
- po, melrose
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To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
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Being a human means you're only able to do limited things. You have hands and you're able to walk.
Mary
- Mary, OR
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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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We control the future of all life on Earth, including that of our species. We have the collective capacity to thrive or perish.
Howard
- Howard, Pittsford, New York
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to be human is to have sympathy and empathy: while not to be human is to not to have any
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA, USA
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to live a life in search for answers and contentment whilst being prone to sickness,injury, accidents and eventually death.
Jessica
- Jessica, Australia
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To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
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capacity of opposing the thumb to any other digit of same hand
Mario Blanco
- Mario Blanco, west palm beach,florida
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To be human is to learn from your mistakes. Learning about the world and teach others about it. You never learn from perfection
Jess
- Jess, Australia
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To daydream and then to wish we didn't
Manisha Swain
- Manisha Swain, India
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To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
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Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
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To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
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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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Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
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to be a free man to discover to explore to care for all
s
- s, new york
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