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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 is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
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A mammal that's born to be humans who have emotions and are able to interact with other people.
Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony
- Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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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 be human is to question.
David Masters
- David Masters, Kiev
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To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
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language, ability to abstract, ability to generalize, conscious thought using abstractions of reality
DR EDGAR SHRIVER
- DR EDGAR SHRIVER, United States
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Superiority to other life forms makes us human.We embark in a quest for uniqueness.
Daniel
- Daniel, Douglas, AZ
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smart mammels that can just relax (or do something funner)
Amber
- Amber, Germantown,md
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To love, to destroy and to wander
Grace Metcalfe
- Grace Metcalfe, Leeds,West Yorkshire, England
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To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
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why does scientist say that we are " In the perfect location of life" what happen if aren't to only in the universe.
syfy
- syfy, albuquerque
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I think it means having emotions of anger sadness and empathy. It also means loving people.
Tapiwa Banganayi
- Tapiwa Banganayi , Sacred Heart College
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To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
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To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
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To be conscious and aware of your surroundings. To have feelings.
Erin
- Erin, New York City
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Being human means you get to do things that animals can't do, like standing on two legs and using a certain type of language.
Zach Celaya
- Zach Celaya, High Tech High LA
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Being human is your ability to socialize with others and learn information from others to use to your benefit.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, Oregon
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Always looking for happiness elsewhere, unreachable but designing ways to reach it. Never satisfied.
Stephane Renard
- Stephane Renard, Toulouse
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the only species able to sequence his own genome
Marrero
- Marrero, Brazil
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To be human is to wonder, to question, to be able to adapt, to have the potential to do great good or great evil, and act on it.
JT
- JT, California
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To be Human is to be one of many expressions of Life on Planet Earth. Though our large brains certainly allow for some interesting ideas.
Cole
- Cole, Florida
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to be able to walk up right and to be able to talk
jonzam
- jonzam, spring field
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An arsenal of concepts that manifest as either physical objects and structures or cultural practices.
William
- William, Oregon
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humans of later life achieve great inventions, discover the past and walk into the future.
Francesca
- Francesca, Yardley, PA
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Being a human is having a soul. Knowing the difference between good and evil. And having an a imagination to be creative.
Marilynn
- Marilynn , Needham IN
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Seek company, partnership, communication and knowledge. The need know what I am, where I came from and what these things around me are.
Elizabeth Manson
- Elizabeth Manson, Australia, Melbourn
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It was a place in time.
optimistic. Cat. fractals.
Kail
- Kail , Internet
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Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
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To be able to lie in the anatomical position and to have visible and anatomical similarities between each being
Rachel Irvine
- Rachel Irvine, Ontario Canada
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
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To grasp with a thumb tools to till the soil, tools to hunt, tools to create and destroy.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, North Carolina
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To be human means to think, reason and feel emotion. To be human is to know what is morally right. To be human is to love others.
Cara
- Cara, Camden, TN
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Being human means that you interact with your friends and family
Kyle Naidoo
- Kyle Naidoo, Johannesburg
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Humans lived here for millions of years ago before us. Their brains, bodies, and walking skills have allowed us to be like this today.
Alejandro Juanillo
- Alejandro Juanillo, High Tech LA
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To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
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What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
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We are aware of our own thinking.
Sarah
- Sarah, Virginia
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Being human means that you have a lot of responsibility. It also means that you have to do a lot of work in order to be successful in life.
Tyrin H.
- Tyrin H., Roosevelt High School
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To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
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