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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 means to be a species of high intelligens. A peaceful tipe of animal with the ability to Love <3
Pablo
- Pablo, Lovell
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I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
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To be able to use past experiences (ours, our cadre, and forebearers) to determine our actions beyond instictive responses.
Pete
- Pete , VA
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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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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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being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
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to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
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To cry salty tears of joy and sorrow.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, Durham NC
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Being human is a person that is distinguished from an animal.
garen
- garen, washungton dc
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It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
Felix Daverio
- Felix Daverio, NSW
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Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
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To have a particular strand of DNA, to be technical, I guess. If you want to be philosophical, don't look at my answer.
Aria
- Aria, USA
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Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
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Humans are unique and curious creatures with complex emotions and natural problem solvers.
Karla
- Karla, Astora, OR
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equality
To be Human is to have no limits and the potential to do anything, because of this we have good history and the hope of a great future.
Eldon Dahlin
- Eldon Dahlin, Oakland CA
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To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
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To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
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To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
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Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
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i think it means to enjoy life and be the higher species.
caleb funk
- caleb funk, sweethome oregon 97386
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To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
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To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
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To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
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To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
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To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
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To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
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To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
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Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
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To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
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To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
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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
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
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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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to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
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Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
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To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
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