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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 means that we will be replaced by more intelligent beings
Some1
- Some1, Netherlands
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The answer has changed over time. Ages ago it meant to bury our dead, or to use art. Now it means to be able to answer this question.
Jonathan Abbatt
- Jonathan Abbatt, Ceiriog Valley, Wales
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To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
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It means you empathize with others you've never met. Love when it doesn't make sense, and to protect the strong as well as the weak.
Tejire A.
- Tejire A., PA
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to have characters of us homo sapiens
Clarisse
- Clarisse, madagascar
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We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
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To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
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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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It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
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Being a human is having a soul. Knowing the difference between good and evil. And having an a imagination to be creative.
Marilynn
- Marilynn , Needham IN
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To err.
Aria, 14
- Aria, 14, CA
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To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
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To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
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To make mistakes and fix them in a intelligent way. To take care and live on, and while doing it learning for science and future people.
Ethan W-F
- Ethan W-F, South Africa
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To be able to contemplate and come to terms with our mortality as well as our place in the universe.
Justin
- Justin, Arkansas
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To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
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Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
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Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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What does it mean to be human ? It means survival and domination.
Jeh
- Jeh, Lay
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Humans wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
Lon Brouse
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
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To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
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It means you empathize with others you've never met. Love when it doesn't make sense, and to protect the strong as well as the weak.
Tejire A.
- Tejire A., PA
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To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
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To be human means we are stumbling through our lives trying to find our purpose.
Jared Alexander
- Jared Alexander, Indiana
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To be human is to be on the outside, looking in. To separate from the unity of the universe and become an analyzing observer.
The Phoenix
- The Phoenix, Cheektowaga, New York
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To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
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Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
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Its to be grateful for what we have and fortunately we evolved right in order for us to succeed and survive throughout life!
Leslie
- Leslie, Chicago
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To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
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Humans have an advanced written language. The idea of religion is another solely human trait. Humans have the ability to set moral values.
SS Grade 7 Class A
- SS Grade 7 Class A, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
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smart mammels that can just relax (or do something funner)
Amber
- Amber, Germantown,md
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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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For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
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To be human is to live the best possible decent way of living. .try to preserve huminity as there's no other than human being.
D.soren
- D.soren, Mal bazar
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To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
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To be able to change the roll of toilet paper correctly, paper in the pull down position.
Alice Tully-Hall
- Alice Tully-Hall, Denver, Colorado
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To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
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It is not enough to learn how to survive, we have to learn how to live. It is not enough to discover, we have to find our purpose.
David Tabari
- David Tabari, Oklahoma City, OK
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To love and tolerate
Nicolò
- Nicolò, turin, italy
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Being human means we have the power to change the earth, and the responsibility to do so without destroying it.
Ambre Ying
- Ambre Ying, California
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