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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 is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
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Humans have the ability to communicate on such a deep level and form close knit societies unrivaled by other species.
Erica
- Erica , Pennsylvania, USA
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picture of the evolution from ape to modern day human
To be a human means to be able to hope and dream, to adapt and change, and to learn and love.
Marcus
- Marcus, Washington DC
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Human nature is being able to change think logically,have emotions, and be independent.
charlie
- charlie, texas
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May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
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To believe
Walker
- Walker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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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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To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
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Our ability to think of this answer. Our ability to lie, love, compare and contrast. To create and invent. To predict and preprepare.
Matt R
- Matt R, Hudson River Valley, NY
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to me to be human means to make mistakes and not be afraid of them and always try it again.
Collin Lamaster
- Collin Lamaster, Califonia,ca
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Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
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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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The ability to visualize what never was and make a plan to create it.
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
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To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
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To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
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Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
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Bacon and cheese
Maxie
- Maxie, Babington street
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To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
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Humans have evolved now we need electric toothbrushes,soft serve ice cream and leather recliners to survive
Greg Heffley
- Greg Heffley, Cloud Kookooland
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To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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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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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 a human means to understand the power we have over our ecosystem and the consequences that a negative decision can make.
Robin A
- Robin A, Fayetteville
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To Err, to consider and weigh consequences. To be responsible for those less than us. Loving, developing relationships and character.
Zoe Riggs
- Zoe Riggs, Kannapolis
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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 conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
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To have the presence of mind to ask questions about our origins with logic, reason minus a magical view of the universe.
Hal
- Hal, Canada
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Find Yourself, Lose Yourself, Then Find Others...
Benjamin E.
- Benjamin E., Chile
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to still be animal, but stand out among them.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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Being able to question why we are here and spend our lives finding out
Brii Tyler
- Brii Tyler, Western Australia
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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 organized and smart
kameron powel
- kameron powel, new york
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To be the pinnacle of the evolutionary process, but also to have a soul.
Edwin Blackwell
- Edwin Blackwell, London, UK
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To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
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To be human is to be creative and independent and helpful
aidan
- aidan, Sacred heart collage
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It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
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To breathe, have legs, feet, genes, knowledge, history, nature, passion, feelings.
Jasmine V
- Jasmine V, RHS Portland Oregon
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To be able to make/use tools for not only survival but also convenience, and knowing how to share, learn, sympathize, and respect.
Jenny K.
- Jenny K., Torrance, CA
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