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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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It means we can problem solve and have the ability to impact the world
Belton
- Belton, In this bitch
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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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To be human is to love the world and everything in it and to walk in peace.
Carol Meindl
- Carol Meindl, Montreal
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Being human is to have emotion, a conscience, advanced societal structure, complex language, and a highly developed brain.
Mary
- Mary, Silver Spring, MD
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You aren't perfect; you make mistakes. You have the power to change if you have the courage, and you can do whatever you set your mind to.
Carly Rose
- Carly Rose, Portland, Oregon
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No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
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To proceed in daily life not just to survive but to strive to understand the world around me.
Derek Hammonds
- Derek Hammonds, Gahanna, OH
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our bodies can digest almost any kind of food, and we don't have to live in one area because our bodies can adapt to different climates
Paris
- Paris, Rock hill
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To be human is to exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
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two feet, have non-animal features and to not be very hairy like the Homo habilis.
Nereida rios
- Nereida rios, springfield, MA
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To love and to be loved
Natalie
- Natalie, California
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It means to have the ability and responsibility to act according to reason instead of animal instinct.
Justus Scott
- Justus Scott, Palm Coast, Fl
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I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
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to think
ahmef
- ahmef, uae
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Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
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To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
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We are humans because we alone can Ask this question"How to Save Mother Earth"?
Sandy
- Sandy, California
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To live a life, to make friends, to love one another and to have ups and downs.
Isabela, age 8
- Isabela, age 8, New York
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To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
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It means we evolved from hominid ancestors.
Brad P
- Brad P, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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being human means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
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being human means being able of questioning about my own origin and my own impermanence
marcos giusti
- marcos giusti, montevideo
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humans create art, this is one of our highest ideals along with religion. Then complicated language, writing, mathematics and complex tools
Johnny
- Johnny, Kentucky
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Screaming when we win the lottery
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Florida
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Wonder about, observe & explore nature; communicate; educate; Extend our senses and abilities thru tech. Create music, art.
Dan
- Dan, NH
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To have the ability to completely wipe out a species, and almost, create a new one.
Bryce Nurding
- Bryce Nurding, Astoria OR
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The pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
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To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
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To be human to need to have good banter
Catherine Vincent
- Catherine Vincent, U.K.
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Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
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I believe humans must be able to express complex emotions such as love <3
Jason Hsiao
- Jason Hsiao, University of Maryland
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Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
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To be human is to live out our tiny span of days while holding the entire timeline of the Universe in our minds.
John
- John, Texas
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To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
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Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
Mike
- Mike, Kosovo
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To be versatile and ever-changing. A sign of humanity is our need for intellectual and social interaction.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, COSTAATT, Trinidad
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write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
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The human is the thing that God 's creature. To be a human is a member of the society to live in together.
Jenny
- Jenny, Greenville,SC
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Being human in mortality means to be able to become like our Father in Heaven.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Texas
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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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