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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 are different than other relatives of the chimps.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Bangor,Maine
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To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
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To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
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To know that we are ordinary beings
Hillel
- Hillel, Philippines
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having a chin and a forehead.
Jasmine
- Jasmine, New York
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to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
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To be human is to exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
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Becoming a new "Creator" on the block. Maturity will be essential to future survival of life, and achieve cosmic evolutionary survival.
E.Lemarchands
- E.Lemarchands, International
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What it means to me to be human is to do the things that interest you. You only have one life so why not do the things you want to do?
Bryan Lomeli
- Bryan Lomeli, Torrance, CA
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Abstract thought.
Sam
- Sam, Hertfordshire, UK
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To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
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It means we have the responsibility to take better care of each other, the planet, and the other species.
Ed Meyers
- Ed Meyers, Washington, DC
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Being human is a gift.
Natalie Kristine
- Natalie Kristine, Buenos Aires, Earth
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Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
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To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
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To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
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Thinking off the top of your head
To be human means to be instinctive, to not over-think a decision when you get a choice
Josh Goldberg
- Josh Goldberg, New York City
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Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
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to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
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To be able to walk on two legs, and to talk.
christian
- christian, lewiston maine
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humans of later life achieve great inventions, discover the past and walk into the future.
Francesca
- Francesca, Yardley, PA
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To look back upon our past actions and explore where we came from, to ask questions , to be skeptical, and most of all be loving and caring
Drew M.
- Drew M., Rockville, MD
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To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
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A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
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To be human is to love the organized chaos that we call our world.
Page H.
- Page H., Washington, DC
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to be human is to have complex thought, question life, participate in society, empathize and to use tools and language.
Brittney
- Brittney , Ottawa
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it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
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We teach; we can take anothers' perspective; and we not only perceive relationships between things, we invent them.
Davy Neyder
- Davy Neyder, Toronto
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Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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To have been created in God's image. Is Australopithecus created in God's image? Maybe, probably not. Neanderthals? Harder to answer.
Joel Mackler
- Joel Mackler, Pittsburgh
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being human is being original, being different not every human thinks the same or even looks exactly the same.
david g
- david g, portland
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To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
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Existence. No more. No less.
Anaximander
- Anaximander, America
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to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
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We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
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To breathe and circulate blood and have higher thought patterns than lesser animals
Dan
- Dan, Perth
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To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
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To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
Josh
- Josh, Astoria,OR
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