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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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Being human means to be imperfect and learn from our mistakes.
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- Name, Location
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A person who's not a animal. They have characteristics that separate humans from animals. We change the world and do things differently.
Mallory
- Mallory, Iowa
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It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
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Bein human means to have a brain, walk upright and be able to fend for yourself alone.
juan carlos
- juan carlos, cali
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To be a Homo sapiens
Anders Dahl
- Anders Dahl, Technical University of Denmark
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Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
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I think being human is being a leader of animals that we are so similar to. And we are able to lead together despite our colours.
Savannah
- Savannah, North Carolina
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Descent
To be a bilateral chordate deuterostome mammalian primate monkey. To be human means to belong to the clade of Homo and all of the above.
Dennis Kalkhoran
- Dennis Kalkhoran, Denmark, Nykøbing Falster 4800 Parkvej 701tv
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To have the intellectual capacity to save the world or destroy the world, yet still be unable to make a clear choice between the two.
Michael Dalpee
- Michael Dalpee, Highland, MD
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We are the universe itself, pondering: "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is my place in the grander scheme of things?"
Prof
- Prof, USC, Colombia
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It means we live and are alive?
Donald Trump
- Donald Trump, usa
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To be human means that we are far more SUPERIOR then all other animals!!!
JAmEl McKiNnEy
- JAmEl McKiNnEy, Washington, DC
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Can't choose to be human, but can stop being one or make most of the condition imposed by evolution and become evolution itself for future.
vijay
- vijay, irving,TX
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To be human is to learn and build off knowledge from present and deceased generations. Essentially, to have continuous growth in thought.
Paul
- Paul, University of Maryland, College Park
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Our unlimited curiosity beyond what we need next. Our ability to wonder where we came from and why are we here? Our articulate language
Maeve
- Maeve, Pennsylvania
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To be organized and inventive, to speak our ideas, to pray to our creator
Steve Taikowski
- Steve Taikowski, Orlando, Florida
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Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
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being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
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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 human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, marikochrista28@yahoo.com
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No clue
John
- John, Lol
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to know how to think and be able to change
maria
- maria, portugal
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To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
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To have consciousness.
Maralee
- Maralee, Silver Spring, MD
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...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
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We can do what others can’t, we have larger brains and are able to walk on two legs; these and more gave us advantages over species.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Portland, OR
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to not be liberal
the legend 27
- the legend 27, CA
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WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
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Humans perform altruistic acts without apparent benefit, and are less hairy than a typical mammal.
Fred Whiteman
- Fred Whiteman, Albuquerque, NM
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to be concious, acquiring new knowledges from experiences lived or shared through language by others.
Daniel Israel
- Daniel Israel, Brazil
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is someone that is able to adapt to an environment and able to survive and be able to do higher thinking
Anna
- Anna, Los Angeles
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To be aware that life is not without the responsibility of valuing all forms of it, not in dominion but in equanimity and synergy.
J.T.
- J.T., Washington, DC
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To be human is to be created in the image of God Almighty. Genesis 1:26-27
J. S.
- J. S., USA
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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 human is to be conceited and to experience pain and suffering until the sweet release of death.
Charlie
- Charlie, Sheepleville
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It means we can create, love, and that we are responsible for the world. That we are and will always be a community.
Abhay
- Abhay, Fremont
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Self awareness and creativity
Melissa
- Melissa, Pa
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To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
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Scientifically, human beings are the most complex structures of biodiversity. From DNA to an organism, every discovery is always a marvel.
Vishnu Priya P L
- Vishnu Priya P L, Manchester, CT
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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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