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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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complex consciousness. That can grow and learn to complex things
Thomas L
- Thomas L, Colorado
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Being human means upgrading our life as we travel further through our limited lifespan
Tyler
- Tyler, Canada
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Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
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I think that what it means to be human is to have emotion. All human have emotion and this is what makes us human.
Gabriel
- Gabriel , Luanda, Angola
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To be human is to look at my eyes and see the universe.
Eduardo Romero p.
- Eduardo Romero p., Colombia
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DNA.. Nothing more
Christopher Sanders
- Christopher Sanders, Dallas
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to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
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To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
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well for me it means that we have a lot of responsibilities in life and that we have a reason in life too
edgar
- edgar, Roosevelt High
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To not be dancer
Sarah
- Sarah, Topeka
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we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
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Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
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to live life to the fullest
Kaleb
- Kaleb, victoria bc
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as the third smartest spcies on the planet (preceded by dolphins and mice) we have a responsibility to not kill ourselves and others
Griffin
- Griffin, Canada
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tribal discussion
Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
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Focused Curiosity
Andrea
- Andrea, Canada
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Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
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To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
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You do not have to be perfect
Hannah
- Hannah, Canada
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Síntesis de tres sistemas: naturaleza, social y conciencia. Tres en uno. Fuera del sistema de la sociedad es imposible el ser humano.
tres sistemas en uno, ser humano, subproducto
- tres sistemas en uno, ser humano, subproducto, Av. Tupac Amaru 544 Independencia. lima Peru
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To know right from wrong
Gabriel
- Gabriel, South Carolina
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I think being human is having specific characteristics such as walking on 2 feet, having opposable thumbs and being able to speak words.
Person
- Person, somewhere
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...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
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To be able to cultivate relationships and civilizations.
Keaton
- Keaton, Denver, Colorado
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The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
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Being a human can mean so many things. Maybe its just literally being born a human or maybe it is something a lot deeper than that.
Moxie Evans
- Moxie Evans , Carpinteria
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We are all one family, doesn't matter the species.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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loving, helping all humans and disproving reasons on "race" and figure out we are one species.we must stand together as one race.
jack
- jack, birmingham uk
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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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I think being human means to fulfill one's passions and goals in life.
Haylee
- Haylee, California
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To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
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To be able to react to certain situations beyond animal instincts. To analyze a problem, create a solution.
Luke
- Luke, Portland, Oregon
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We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
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Being human means being created here on Earth by God for the sole purpose of serving Him for all of our lives.
Ben
- Ben, Philadelphia, PA
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That we are all connected
Titus
- Titus, Boone, NC
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To be able to ask ourselves "what if". We seem to be the only species to get lost in our thoughts about the past and future.
Chris
- Chris, Switzerland
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the human species is the most intelligent species in the world.
ANDREW
- ANDREW, PHOENIX,ARIZONA
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To be human it means to be able to communicate and connect with others, and also understand abstract ideas.
Mags
- Mags, New Jersey
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Being able to survive and to love and have hope and believe in something or someone that keeps you going in good and in bad times.
Angel Zondo
- Angel Zondo, Sacred Heart College
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To be human is to look at my eyes and see the universe.
Eduardo Romero p.
- Eduardo Romero p., Colombia
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