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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 strive to increase knowledge based on evidence, and to be increasingly free of superstition, dogma and ignorance.
James
- James, Maine
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To be human is to be imperfect in an otherwise perfect world.
Rose
- Rose, Maine
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To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
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Our 3 brains in 1, we have traits from reptiles mammals and primates. Our conscience makes us human and sets us apart from all others.
Cathy Burks Stogner
- Cathy Burks Stogner, Mooresville, NC USA
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To share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
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Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
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We are nothing as a whole if we cannot find the goodness in eachother.
Tiana Constance
- Tiana Constance, Australia
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being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
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It means to be happy and healthy,to survive,and to love qnd care for others also to live life to the fullest
Loyality
- Loyality , Bronx
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It means to be conditioned by a name, a tag, a label, a category or a concept ("HUMAN"), being unable to get rid of it and be yourself.
Eduardo
- Eduardo, NYC
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Animals have emotions and intelligence – but what differs humans from them, is the approach to the world of poetry, music, and mathematics
Roland Benn
- Roland Benn, Hamburg FRG
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to empathize and plan ahead.
Naresh Sehgal
- Naresh Sehgal, Santa Clara, CA
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To embrace and be a part of the constantly changing culture of respect and morality on Earth now.
Kadasix
- Kadasix, Miami
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The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
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My definition of human is to try out and discovor whats on the outside world.
Terrell
- Terrell, Massachusettes
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Did you know the 1st word was danger? We communicated back then and do so now in different ways! This is what it means to be human.
OS
- OS, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being a human means being able to dominate the animal kingdom and to be the top of the food chain.
marty
- marty, washington dc
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you are what makes you human because you understand that there is a you and not just the instinct to survive.
Daniella
- Daniella , Northside High School
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to have warm blood, skin over shell, hair over fur, two legs over four, an intelligent brain over just instinct.
Norma
- Norma, Texas
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To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
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To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
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To be human is to have brains capable of more than fight or flight.
Maya Kapelus
- Maya Kapelus , Johannesburg, South Africa
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to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
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Being Human is having a will of your own and being independent.Its not a matter of how we look but how we conduct ourselves.
Miera Jefferson
- Miera Jefferson, Laurel, MD
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To be burdened and blessed with consciousness. Torn between reason and instinct, fear and hope.
Richard
- Richard , Sussex UK
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To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
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To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
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To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
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Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
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Value Creation
Fan
- Fan, New York
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to take moral responsibility for our actions--our actions regarding other humans, other animals, and the planet
Sarah
- Sarah, Ohio
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To be human is to understand at a higher level of cognition one that involves not only intellect but morals the effects of our actions.
Zainab
- Zainab, Boston
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There are many ways to be human. Their stone tools help us build cities, and communities.
Isaiah
- Isaiah, Arizona
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Humans wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
Lon Brouse
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
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To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
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We bear the enormous responsibility to protect this great planet. We destroy with disregard but are amazed to see the dolls in museums.
Devi
- Devi, Santa Fe, NM
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To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
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the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
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To live in a self-constructed world of symbols and concepts. To touch "reality" only occasionally
Rich
- Rich, Columbus, Ohio
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To be human is to face challenges. One was starting to walk upright. We are also always inventing & communicating efficiently.
ASJKJD
- ASJKJD, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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