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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 is our identity as a species and defines our uniqueness as individuals compared to other species.
Callum Richardson.
- Callum Richardson., Burnley, Lancashire.
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Maybe humans aren't primates...Maybe primates are humans.
Jade Starr Davis
- Jade Starr Davis, Pa,USA
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It means that I am not a cow. or a pig. Or even a sheep, a dog, a potato, an octopus. Not even a brussell sprout. Wow. Incredible.
Laugh Out-Loud
- Laugh Out-Loud, Cape Foul Wind, New Zealand
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Being human means that one has emotions towards oneself or another.
Dylan Deshler
- Dylan Deshler, Washington, D.C
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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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To be human is to be capable of self-reflection and inquiry into the origins of the human phenomenon and human uniqueness
Rachel Z
- Rachel Z, La Jolla, CA
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To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
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Being human means having the ability to contemplate what it means to be human.
Ron
- Ron, Pennsylvania
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It means that we have been made higher than the animals, given breath and special abilities to thrive.
Leah
- Leah, NC
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to see, to feel, to touch to live and to die to decay and return to this planet
Gita Yoanita
- Gita Yoanita, Indonesia
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to be snobby & think you are superior to animals.
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- ~~~~, hellas planitia, mars
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To believe
Walker
- Walker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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We have been through a lot in evolution but don't you think we took it to far
hando
- hando, london
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I believe what makes us human is our ability to contemplate eternity.
Lauren Elizabeth
- Lauren Elizabeth, Greenville, SC
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I think being human is the ability to feel emotions towards others, love is the strongest among these emotions.
Lisakhanya
- Lisakhanya, South Africa
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To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
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Of belonging to a homo sapeins
abiodun emmanuel
- abiodun emmanuel , lagos
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To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
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I think wat is means to be human is to have a sense of reason and to be able to be kind and care for others
Edith Chukwu
- Edith Chukwu , Sacred heart collage
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to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
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To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
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Bein human means to have a brain, walk upright and be able to fend for yourself alone.
juan carlos
- juan carlos, cali
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Being human means to have religous thought,such as burying dead.Humans have a very advanced language.Imagination is key to advancement.
SS Grade 7 Class Bob
- SS Grade 7 Class Bob, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
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To be human is to face challenges. One was starting to walk upright. We are also always inventing & communicating efficiently.
ASJKJD
- ASJKJD, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To live, to cry, to die, to eat and to sleep. Caring for one another. Having each others back. To be social.
Andrew Campbell
- Andrew Campbell , Northern Ireland
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It means to live love laugh, have faith, and do your best, you only have one life to live that God Blessed you with, make the best of it.
Jennifer Rose
- Jennifer Rose, Florida
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It´s means that we have the hability of collective learning
GenaroBar
- GenaroBar, México City
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Gather physical information through the senses and utilize it to adpt to the environment and to alter the environment.
Roger Duronio
- Roger Duronio, New Jersey
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Caretakers of our own species as well as ALL other species. Let's not forget the Earth too.
Triste
- Triste, SG
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To be human is to be able to play god, we are able to give life, make life and take life away.
andrew shely
- andrew shely, New York
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Living with the insight of who we were and the hope of knowing that we aren't finished evolving yet.
D. Morgan
- D. Morgan, Crossville, Tennessee
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i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
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We change the lives of every thing
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
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to live life to the fullest
anita miller
- anita miller, losangeles
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Being Human is about empathy and care for other species as well as ourselves. Humans should consider and treat other species with respect.
Nate Diggins
- Nate Diggins, Raleigh, NC
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I think to be human is: to think, to belong, to share, to be part of, to love, to be loved, to be shy, to be bold, to be selfish.
James Zaworski
- James Zaworski, Shenzhen, China
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to be snobby & think you are superior to animals.
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- ~~~~, hellas planitia, mars
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I think our defining characteristic, that which sets us apart , is our intelligence.
Nicolas, 18
- Nicolas, 18, Ontario, Canada
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To have inlaws.
Jim
- Jim, New Jersey
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