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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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As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
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That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
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To be human means to eat, sleep, drink, work, and play. We all live and die
Zach
- Zach, Hong Kong
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It means that we are different than other relatives of the chimps.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Bangor,Maine
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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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To have a full thought process, a way to communicate with other being, have a curious nature and do whatever you want.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
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Hu!an creates new tools
Aishwarya
- Aishwarya, Malaysia
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I think being humanness means a sinful creature. Being human is to exist in the image of God and to exist with the purpose of finding God
Kristi
- Kristi, Israel
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To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
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You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
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To have certain characteristics that no other primate shows.
Bernard Niesen
- Bernard Niesen, Los Angeles, California
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If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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Humans are aware about and manipulates the conditions for their own existence by remembering the past and planning for the future.
Mikael
- Mikael, Stockholm, Sweden
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To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
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We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
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We’re not some "thing" but a 14.6 billion year “process” (of elements left alone to complexify). We’re the Universe expressed as a human.
E.David Garcia
- E.David Garcia, Arlington, Virginia, USA
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Imagine the possibilities, set goals to realize them, then share with others in various communication modes.
Janet Podolak
- Janet Podolak, Mentor, Ohio
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It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
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To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
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To be human is to look up, wondering why. Is to have no answer about many things, and keep asking. Is to keep searching, never knowing what.
Vitor Dantas
- Vitor Dantas, Salvador, Earth.
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To Know Who We Are, Explore the world, get lost and find ourselves, lying beneath our soul.
Jasmine V
- Jasmine V, RHS Portland Oregon
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Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
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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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That which grows from the weakest of organisms to our solar system's most dangerous
Davis
- Davis, Mann
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being human means being able of questioning about my own origin and my own impermanence
marcos giusti
- marcos giusti, montevideo
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Understanding my reason for existance is what makes me human, without that we are just an animal.
Mike Sanders
- Mike Sanders, Brinkley, Ar.
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we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
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To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
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To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
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to have language, culture, to be mammal, to be social, and to kill for other reason than for food
Miguel Rivera
- Miguel Rivera, rivera.miguelantonio787@gmail.com
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Humans are primates, a continually evolving animal who's spiritual and intellectual development has made him the most vicious animal of all.
Derrick Schnur
- Derrick Schnur, Peoria, Arizona
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To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
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To use social skills, be able to use our brain for complex uses, and creating, and/or using tools for a better and easier human life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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Being human is to be an individual person, you don't need to be like others or fit in, you have to be your self.
Harambe
- Harambe, Australia
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There is a lectotype for Homo sapiens, see the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature website. It's Carl Linneaus.
Dave
- Dave, London
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I believe humans must be able to express complex emotions such as love <3
Jason Hsiao
- Jason Hsiao, University of Maryland
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To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
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Live...lift the fallen,cloth the naked,feed the hungry,visit the sick,shut in/outcaste
eugene
- eugene, or
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A semi-hairless primate with just enough theory of mind to feel guilty about being an animal...
Jonathan
- Jonathan , Asheville, NC
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you can't have all the same traits as animals.
Meghan Thomas
- Meghan Thomas, da hood
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