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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 means to be a mamal and have the ability to think, understand speech, speak and memorize information.
nadia
- nadia, maryland
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Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
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To be human is to experience the way of life and see how it turns out in the end. The turnout in the end is how you chose to live.
Marie C.
- Marie C., Portland-RHS
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Two things come to mind: 1) Adaptability via technology and tools and 2) the ability to communicate and work together.
Steve
- Steve, Philadelphia
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Being human is to love and be loved. It is the ability to feel compassion for all living things and to act in their best interest.
Jan Aubrey
- Jan Aubrey, Milwaukee
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To have capacity for empathy with members of our own species, and with all species with whom we share this planet.
Katherine Munson
- Katherine Munson, Berlin, MD
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We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
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Being human is much more than survive, is the need to understand, learn and create.
Axel Vargas
- Axel Vargas, Mexico
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To be explore the atoms at home and the several far corners of the the universe, in order to find our origin.
Hermella
- Hermella, Cambridge, Ma
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Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
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It means to make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and and not make those mistakes in the future.
That Person who's Always There
- That Person who's Always There, Just Look Around
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the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
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Being human means making mistakes. being human is not only making mistakes, but also learning from these mistakes and correcting them.
Juan Gutierrez
- Juan Gutierrez, Portland, Oregon
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To be curious, and to want to expand your knowledge. It is also to bond with other humans, and to want to take care of the world.
Janelle
- Janelle, Portland, OR
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To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
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We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
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To be human is to be curiouser and curiouser.
David
- David, Escondido, Ca
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To be human means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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Being human means to advance. To constantly move forward always adapting and changing things around us.
Daniel Lawson
- Daniel Lawson, Mount Vernon, IL
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When your human it means to be a mammal.A mammal has warm blood instead of cold blood like reptiles.Also humans are very intelligent.
Brad Cary
- Brad Cary, U.S.A
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Apparently for some, having Neanderthal genes. Does this explain our impacted wisdom teeth/orthodontics if you descend from Europe?
Jane
- Jane, Toronto
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It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
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To know your roles and responsibilities as a guardian of all life on earth due to your development of consciousness
Mike
- Mike, Australia
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Knowing we are mortal. We are uniquely self aware
Erin
- Erin, Oregon
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The ability to decide to control our emotions and reactions to stimulus or let them control us.
Bruce
- Bruce, Shenandoah Valley, VA
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Manipulating natural elements–agriculture: a huge factor in the development not only of the human species, but the world as a whole.
Isabelle
- Isabelle, College Park, MD
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It means we have the responsibility to take better care of each other, the planet, and the other species.
Ed Meyers
- Ed Meyers, Washington, DC
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To be Human is to be dominit, smart, advanced, and unique
Garcia,Hernandez,
- Garcia,Hernandez, , Renaissance school
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That we should be consious of the vulnerability of our homeplanet and the lifeforms that are on it.
rob van der vlugt
- rob van der vlugt, holland
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Homo Sapiens
Jorge
- Jorge, Argentina
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To argue the very reason why and how we are here. To question and search for oh so complex yet simple meaning of life itself.
Khalil J
- Khalil J, Portland,OR
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Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
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Being human is to be able to interact with each other, to live beyond basic survival, and to be able to harness the resources around us.
Tyler
- Tyler, Portland
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Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
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Biologically; to be human is to have a high ratio of brain to body size, a brain that is highly complex, and to be obligating bipedal.
Ashley
- Ashley, Canada
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human means that you have the urge to create a god!
haratsis evangelos hector
- haratsis evangelos hector, greece athens
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To leave a global legacy which future generations can ignore, adopt or fight over..
Ian
- Ian, EMEA
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A human is truly human when he follows God
yousap
- yousap, yousap
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To be human means to use your brain, love, talk, socialize as well as share life and soul with other people.
VKAMEG
- VKAMEG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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