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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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Walk upright, learn and share information, and shape the world around is
Carson
- Carson, Coronado, CA
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Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
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being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
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To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
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Being humane
Shin
- Shin, Seoul
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To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
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To have free will. To be a free moral agent.
Shelly
- Shelly, Yarmouth, Me
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To be human is to love the world and everything in it and to walk in peace.
Carol Meindl
- Carol Meindl, Montreal
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To be human means to feel emotions and learn to be able to deal with hardship, to know from right and wrong, and learn and grow.
Hanna
- Hanna, Portland
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To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
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We are humans because that is who we choose to see ourselves as. If we evolve into another species, will we still call ourselves Human?
Jesse
- Jesse, Florida
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To be able to comprehend at a reasonable level
Cole
- Cole , NC
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To find the answer where do we come from and where do we go after life
Edgar
- Edgar, Roosevelt High
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To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
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I think that being humans give us an ability that allows us to do a lot of things that our creatures can't and we take advantage of it.
Amaarah
- Amaarah , Sacred Heart College
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to question
Anonymous
- Anonymous, U.A.E
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Two things come to mind: 1) Adaptability via technology and tools and 2) the ability to communicate and work together.
Steve
- Steve, Philadelphia
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To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
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I think being human means to fulfill one's passions and goals in life.
Haylee
- Haylee, California
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To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
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The ability to use our brains and bodies to adapt and progress as a community.
Hayle
- Hayle, Portland, OR
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To be advanced physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We build, learn, communicate, feel, and wonder.
Elaine
- Elaine, Maryland
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To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
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To be able to make your own decisions, having a moral conscious, to live out your God given will.We can breath, eat, talk, and create.
Victoria
- Victoria , Washington
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To have the ability to recognize our own image and feel judgment towards it.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, NC
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It means no more or no less than being the dominant species at this moment in time.
Mike
- Mike, Baton rouge
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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 be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
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It means the capacity to ask this question.
Heather
- Heather , Wellesley, MA
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To be a human is to be able to think critically and act according to it; to learn and discover things around us; and to live and enjoy life.
Jeanalyn
- Jeanalyn, Illinois
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To be human, is to never know why you're human, but to live life the best way possible anyway.
Megan
- Megan , Oklahoma
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To be human is to wonder, think, understand, and create.
Mico
- Mico, Gaithersburg, MD
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it means to have a bipeded
jaisen
- jaisen, wright midlle school
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to learn by making mistakes due to emotions and in some ocassions repeating them, until you get it right.
david constable v.
- david constable v. , Panama city, Panama
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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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Ser Humano significa SER ESPIRTUAL viviendo una experiencia HUMANA (Be Human means Be Spiritual living a Human experience)
Felipe Bobadilla
- Felipe Bobadilla, Chile
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