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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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WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
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We have a brain that has a million gigs of memory. We also the ability of Adaptation we adapt to the environment.
Alex Murphy
- Alex Murphy, High Tech LA
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It means to live life to the fullest and not just to survive time as a species. It means to feel alive.
António
- António, Portugal
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To have free will.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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Ability to express oneself through emotion, complex thoughts, physical attributes and communication.
Sophia Hawkes
- Sophia Hawkes, Sydney
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To be human is to be a highly adaptable intelligent and self aware hominid.
Xander
- Xander, California
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To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
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Being human means knowing that other possibilities can happen.
Heather
- Heather , Arizona
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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
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Art and mathematics
I have no idea what this means.
- I have no idea what this means., Colorado Springs, CO
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It is the ability to dream and unlock the secrets of the universe. The ability to refine our morality and make the world a better place.
Michael Martinez
- Michael Martinez, South Dakota
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Keeping other species from extinction.
Alan
- Alan, Tampa FL USA
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To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
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To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
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It means being conscious of being so, and yet not knowing exactly what does it mean, unless you decide that meaning. (which for me, is love)
Jesus
- Jesus, Peru
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To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
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To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
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To be human means to think and be creative, to love, to be spontaneous. To know the difference between good and evil.
Bekka
- Bekka, St. Louis
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To be human is to be able to change the environment to meet our needs rather than adapt to the environment around us.
D'Juan Moreland
- D'Juan Moreland, Baltimore, MD
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To be human is to simultaneously be possessive of progress and regression; to transcend limits us, and to learn from what we've lost.
Joshua J. Washburn
- Joshua J. Washburn, Raleigh, North Carolina
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To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Crosby
- Angus Crosby, Hong Kong
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To have emotion, to be individuals and to have intelligence.
Jade
- Jade, QLD, Aus
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It means we live and are alive?
Donald Trump
- Donald Trump, usa
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Have opposable thumbs
Yo Mama
- Yo Mama, Yo Mama
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To be HUMAN comes at a cost - BE HUMANE! we need to be THE most responsible species around.
Dr. Poonam Upadhyaya
- Dr. Poonam Upadhyaya, Agra, India
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it isnt much different from other animals. we walk on two legs is one difference, but monkeys can to. so we are not that unique
marissa
- marissa, belleville
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To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
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To have the ability to complain.
Wort
- Wort, Rockville, Maryland
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Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
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Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
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To create stories about things you know do not physically exist, and believe in them anyway. To give meaning to the meaningless.
Jenna
- Jenna, Boston, MA, USA
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We are artists. Whether we tell our story with words, paint or music, we want to understand and to be understood.
Darren Thompson
- Darren Thompson, Westerville, OH
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being humans mean to have control of emotions,having to be able to make strong structers,and last to have conplex minds.
April
- April, springfield
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To be human it means to live life and make the best out of it aprestiate your ancesters
John flax
- John flax, Las angles
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Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
Becca
- Becca, Oregon
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birth to death and everything in between. Love, hate, learn, compassion, grow,
Debbie Winnett
- Debbie Winnett, San Bruno
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Being human means to know God in a personal way and having a personal walk with Him. We should do our best in this world to please Him.
Adam
- Adam, Woodbridge, VA
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I think being a human means having the right to think, speak and doing anything you want.
Lindokuhle
- Lindokuhle, Observatory
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A sense of mortality. No other animal is aware of it and this inescapable fact has shaped everything in our lives.
Mikey m
- Mikey m , Rochester new york
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