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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 want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
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to be living
bob
- bob, missouri
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To be human is to have the opportunity for memetic not just genetic evolution. Your education forms your humanity.
Douglas McGill
- Douglas McGill, Whitby Ontario Canada
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Faith and the reason to become a better person each new day.
Valeria Acosta
- Valeria Acosta, Puerto Rico
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To explore and learn.
Ron
- Ron, Las Vegas, NV
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being human means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
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To be human means You love another human because what You feel.
sims
- sims, brock middle school
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this picture shows how our minds are more complex than any other being.
Being a human means a lot of things. You have the biggest brains. We can share our deepest emotions.
Jhirbron Tonge
- Jhirbron Tonge, 2300 Good Hope RD SE APT 419
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Being human means being proud and strong, thankful for living on our planet Earth. That is what it means to be human.
Deegan Winkelman
- Deegan Winkelman, Fraser MI
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to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
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To be human is to be imperfect. We make mistakes, but from those mistakes we make new discoveries.
Chelcy Calloway
- Chelcy Calloway, Washington DC
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i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
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Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
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it means to have fun
maryam yahaya
- maryam yahaya, saudi arabia
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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To be human means to be an ancestor from early Homo species.
Grace
- Grace, Raleigh, NC
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we are asking this Q to our self, this level of thinking is something special of being human.
phadke
- phadke, India
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To have consciousness.
Joaquin
- Joaquin, San Luis Potosi, México
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To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
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Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
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To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
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Pic of me feeding baby raccoon
Caring, compassion, nurturing, similiar yet different, intelligent, in God's likeness w/great capacity for love; the positive aspects.
Wendy
- Wendy, Grand Blanc, Michigan
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Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
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to be organized and smart
kameron powel
- kameron powel, new york
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it means to be the highest class of animals that God made to help Him manage the world that He created. :)))
Emem Cruz
- Emem Cruz, Philippines
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Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
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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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Being alive and breathing and imagining new technologies.
Émilie
- Émilie, Richmond, QC
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to be a human is to walk up straight ,to live life to its fullest.
ANTHONY AND BRANDON
- ANTHONY AND BRANDON, MASS
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It means your a homo sapien
name
- name, everywhere
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To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
Katie
- Katie, London
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To be capable of the best and the worst...self sacrificing altruism, and murderous contempt.
Stacey
- Stacey, Maryland
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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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It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
James
- James, Coronado
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To be human is to be curious and innovative. To be human is to make the most of your surroundings and resources.
Vishal
- Vishal, Oregon
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To know where one comes from, to be mindful of the future, and ever aware of both in the present.
Brandon Watson
- Brandon Watson, Montgomery, Alabama
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It means to be creative.
Bader
- Bader, Australia
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The ability to ask questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"
Jim Dew
- Jim Dew, Madison, WI
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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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to be human means to be the first animal who questions itself and search its own origin
adam
- adam, spain
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