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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 able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
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In my perspective I think its the only species that has written language and better communication.
Arne Basden
- Arne Basden, Bahamas
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compassion, curiosity, optimism, and the tendency to have anxiety, be diplomatic, have wonder, and want to leave a legacy
Alex
- Alex, Chico
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Being human means that we try to understand one another and communicate with each other by speaking languages and writing.
Soha
- Soha, Portland, OR
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We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
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Humans are the only animal in the world that fear death and can imagine.
Barry Morris
- Barry Morris, Corpus Christi
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To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
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What separates humans from other things is that we can evolve and lead. We've changed the way we've lived and survived since humans began.
Lily
- Lily, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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power hungry struggle for knowledge quenched by the inevitable death
micheal jones
- micheal jones, brantford
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I don't know if humans are the only animals that can think about the future, but we're the only ones who can talk about it.
Gerry L
- Gerry L, Beaverton, OR
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Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
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to be a human means to live, having conscience that you will die.
gadea de santos
- gadea de santos, spain, madrid
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It means to live '
Kaden
- Kaden, grand rapids
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humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
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being human means going to school and learn about what is it to be human
Parul
- Parul, Bangalore , India
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Being human is so cool, I mean yolo. Life is great but boys suck. I love being human
Madelyn Woodworth
- Madelyn Woodworth, Springfield mo
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Being human means having a soul. Humans are the only beings with the divine love of truth and the power to investigate it comprehensively.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Philippines
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it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
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Being human means we can reason, feel hope and wonder about everything we don't know...yet.
Drewen Young
- Drewen Young, Powell River, BC, Canada
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Being human means we have beliefs, customs, and can express our thoughts and emotions through language. We have advanced in tools.
Hannah
- Hannah, California
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To be human means that you have more opportunities and are capable of more than any other living creature.
Haley W.
- Haley W., Portland Oregon
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Does being the long-unawaited product of a series of entropic coincidences, carry purpose or meaning?
Nathan
- Nathan, NM
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To be able to contemplate the universe and the self but be unable to be truly part of it.
Some guy
- Some guy, Australia
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It means to loving and be caring for each other
DJ
- DJ, Philadelphia
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the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
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To be human is to be full of life.
Nayma
- Nayma, Inglewood
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to be human is to be an to be the most superior animal in exsistence
Leo
- Leo, Australia
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To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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To be Human is to ask: "What does it mean to be Human?"
Rui Constantino
- Rui Constantino, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
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I think two attributes separate humans from other species - intuition and conscience. Both have intellectual and social implications.
anirban bandyopadhyay
- anirban bandyopadhyay, New York, USA
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to be human is to be self aware of yourself and the role you play in the lives of others and in the universe.
Maddy
- Maddy , San Diego
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To laugh
Erin C.
- Erin C., Portland, Maine
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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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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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To be alive and free to think, act, and experience life.
Hadley
- Hadley, North Carolina
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It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
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to be human means to reproduce and have a female or male spouse
john
- john, denver
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being human means that you can think for yourself, you make mistakes, you can decide rationally, and you have instincts.
Jasmine Watson
- Jasmine Watson, United States of America
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The ability to know how little we actually know.
Jessica
- Jessica, Brainerd, Minnesota
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to be bipedal, higher-level communicators, intelligence, (self) destruction, love, and building things up. (plus complicated tools.)
Stargirl
- Stargirl, from a cloud
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