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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 use our brain to do things that will help us stay alive longer.
Betsi
- Betsi, Woodburn
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The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
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Being human means to wish you were dead so you can not be.
Kevin Hertzler
- Kevin Hertzler, Boston, MA
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Being Human means being able to express oneself individually, to strive to better ourselves and our world.
Cody
- Cody, Astoria, Oregon
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To step outside of our own humanity and evaluate it.
Adam
- Adam, Connecticut
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Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
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I think and make reasonable decisions there fore I am a human.
Charles Wastl
- Charles Wastl, Hanover, Md, USA the Earth
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To have faith.
Alexis
- Alexis, South Carolina
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To be human means having a large brain which in turn allows us to be on another level of social interaction and communication.
Tristan
- Tristan, Portland, OR
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To be human means to never be perfect, and to make mistakes as long as we learn and evolve from those mistakes.
Christina
- Christina, Murfreesboro, TN.
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To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
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to be organized and smart
kameron powel
- kameron powel, new york
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Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
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To be human means to be a complex intelligent mammal that uses a large brain and opposable thumbs to create tools to aid in our survival.
Andrew Mahaffie
- Andrew Mahaffie, Washington D.C
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To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
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Keeping other species from extinction.
Alan
- Alan, Tampa FL USA
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To laugh, to be bipedal, expressing ourselves, to have a large game, having a small jaw, and to think logically to solve problems
Avalon
- Avalon, CA, USA
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War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
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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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it means to breathe and move also to live
Annistacia
- Annistacia, MI
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searching for the meaning of life...
Kaushik
- Kaushik, India
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to be human is to be an agent of change, with the ability to create ideas and environments of our own conception.
Michael
- Michael, Connecticut
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To have every characteristics discerning human from any other species close or far different from humans.
Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo
- Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo, Nigeria
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To seek eternal happiness and have kindness and compassion for all positivity and life around us.
Ashley
- Ashley, UK
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To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
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What I think being a human being is to be yourself because a lot of people try to be different people to fit in with someone
Mosaab
- Mosaab, South Africa
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It means many things, but predominantly it means SHAME. Humans biggest legacy will be the destruction of our only home, Planet Earth.
Danraj Appan
- Danraj Appan, Brooklyn, NY(USA)
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To think you're better than all the other animals.
Marion K. Allen
- Marion K. Allen, Milwaukee, WI
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to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
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To be human is to be a reflection of the One who made me - an image bearer of the Creator (God).
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Greenville, SC
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To be different from one another
Iris
- Iris, La
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A test of what smarter primates could do.
Asad
- Asad, The United States of America
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Being human is your ability to socialize with others and learn information from others to use to your benefit.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, Oregon
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To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
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Judging by our history so far, and by how well we think of ourselves, rather than "Homo Sapiens" I think we are "Homo Egoisticus."
Christine Demarais
- Christine Demarais, Burlington, Vermont
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be born, contribute/improve mother earth, discover, reproduce.
adrian
- adrian, florida
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Being human means you have a soul.
Ally
- Ally, Indiana
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Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
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To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
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Being a living, talking, and intelligent being.
emily
- emily, virginia
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