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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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Evolution of Complex Culture and biology in correlation to Temporal and Environmental factours
Ben
- Ben, Massachusetts
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It means to have the ability to make rational decisions, and to differentiate what's right from wrong.
eduardo
- eduardo, Missouri
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To be human is to dream, imagine, and think reasoningly; and, reflect on and recreate one's self as often as one likes.
Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke
- Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke, Memphis, Tn
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To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
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To be human is different from being a person, being human is based on the shared and differing anatomical characteristics.
AnthroArch
- AnthroArch, Brighton
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To be conscious of our evolution and the effect of our actions and words unto others and the environment.
Helene Tremblay
- Helene Tremblay, Montreal, Quebec
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Being human is defined by a unique intuition that expresses being an individual.
Katrina Uyehara
- Katrina Uyehara, Los Angeles
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Everyone is different. We all see, speak, hear, look, and even feel different. We learn more as we grow physically and mentally.
Carrie F
- Carrie F, Roosevelt High School
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To be human is to have the power to devastate and deplete our resources but also the power to choose to care and conserve instead
Casandra
- Casandra, Chicago
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Humans have the ability to learn, problem-solve, recognize a different perspective and to create new thoughts….all at the same time.
Scott
- Scott, Montana
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Soon we'll become something else, as those before us.We share with the universe, expanding beyond our comprehension so dance & make music
Bo Svoronos
- Bo Svoronos, Melbourne, Australia
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The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
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To be human is to question and quest.
Jessica
- Jessica, Pennsylvania, USA
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Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
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To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
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To be human it means you have the same genetic structure and makeup, and nothing else can change that.
Austin Hed
- Austin Hed, Portland, Or
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To be human means to be unique and to love yourself for being you.It also means to be yourself and not try to be someone else.
Landon
- Landon, Denver,CO
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What all humans have in common is that we can control fire, make and use tools, and use complex speech. These are things that only humans do
Luis
- Luis, Phoenix
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We are,were and shall allways be a part of nature.Our thirst for knowledge,instinct to survive and love is infinite,"naturally"
Steve Molachyk
- Steve Molachyk, ON,CA
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it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
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to be human is to be an to be the most superior animal in exsistence
Leo
- Leo, Australia
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Being human means living, communicating with others, and expressing your ideas.
Ani Dzhigneyan
- Ani Dzhigneyan, High Tech LA
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To be human is to share in a quest for a rational understanding of our origins.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
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I think two attributes separate humans from other species - intuition and conscience. Both have intellectual and social implications.
anirban bandyopadhyay
- anirban bandyopadhyay, New York, USA
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To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
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to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
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to be human is to be self aware of yourself and the role you play in the lives of others and in the universe.
Maddy
- Maddy , San Diego
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To be alive and free to think, act, and experience life.
Hadley
- Hadley, North Carolina
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Bipedalism is the key factor that is associated with the characteristics of humans. Bipedalism means walking on two feet.
Student
- Student, School
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Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
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To live in a finite world and contemplate infinity.
Mark T
- Mark T, Worcester, MA
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being human means that you can think for yourself, you make mistakes, you can decide rationally, and you have instincts.
Jasmine Watson
- Jasmine Watson, United States of America
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Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
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The ability to know how little we actually know.
Jessica
- Jessica, Brainerd, Minnesota
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Art and mathematics
I have no idea what this means.
- I have no idea what this means., Colorado Springs, CO
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the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
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to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
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To be Bipedal, have a community, and use tools
shymon
- shymon, Massachusetts
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to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
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To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
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