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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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to create and destroy stuff
Seymour Heinee
- Seymour Heinee, Your Butt
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To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
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To be human means to be quick on your feet, don’t give up, keep trying, share ideas, speak, create, evolve, believe, & grow in knowledge.
LFSLJLSM
- LFSLJLSM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
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it means having to wake up at 6:00 to go to a job or school and to work your life away. -No I won't freaking fix it
bob the builder
- bob the builder, you know(;
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To be human is to be obligated, as the most intelligent species, to take care of the planet and it's other inhabitants.
Chloe Lopez
- Chloe Lopez, Gainesville, Florida
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To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
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I would say love, critical thinking, and greed.
Jack
- Jack, Malsin
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having the capacity to plan for the future, wonder, express ourselves creatively and the feel compassion for others
Olivia K
- Olivia K, Melbourne, Australia
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To be Human is Ah-mazing!
Kelsey
- Kelsey, Wisconsin
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Humans have a desire to make meaning out of life, an urge that probably doesn't preoccupy other animals.
Muriel
- Muriel, Durham, NC
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BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
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The recognition of self, the conscious being, and all the rational and irrational thinking that comes with this consciousness.
Wade Dodson
- Wade Dodson, Perth, Western Australia
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The curiosity to learn and the ability to use that knowledge and learn more
Megan
- Megan, Prague
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choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
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To experience all of life's adventures, such as spending your Friday afternoon doing homework for your college anthropology class..
K
- K, USA
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to have feeling to be sad,mad,happy, and, wrong
sara
- sara, maryland
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to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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To be human means to be able to make sense of the reality to the greatest possible extent but yet within perceived and unperceived limits.
Emanuela Bove
- Emanuela Bove, Italy
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Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
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the ability to change our surroundings to suite ourselves, therefore making us extremely adaptable and expanding our niche
Nina
- Nina, Texas
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it means we are self aware & inventive tool users with the skills to develop a fast evolving culture & unmatched ability to shape the world.
Stuart Gregory
- Stuart Gregory, Bize-Minervois France
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Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
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Being human is so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
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The most important parts of being human are being bipedal & the brain because they work together to allow us to do great things..
JTHM
- JTHM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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There are many ways to be human. Their stone tools help us build cities, and communities.
Isaiah
- Isaiah, Arizona
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What makes us human is our individuality from everyone else, and out strive to get/be what we want.
jason
- jason, Astoria, Oregon
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Mark Twain wrote that humans are the only animals that blush.
Kevin Horn
- Kevin Horn, Easton, PA
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Versatility and creativity.
Victoria Ayers
- Victoria Ayers, Willaimsport PA
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Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions
Ansar
- Ansar, Woodburn
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Forwardly looking with curiosity and wonder.
To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
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To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
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being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
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formar parte de una rama evolutiva animal llamada homínidos.
encarnación
- encarnación, españa
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to be human is to die alone :)
Nick
- Nick, Prescott
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To be human is to survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
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It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
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to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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Experiencing life in a way that allows us to create culture and adapt our environment to .our needs.
Daniel F. Giallombardo
- Daniel F. Giallombardo, Harvard, IL
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