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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 know with understanding, and to care with tenderness, while not seeking recongnition.
DeVault
- DeVault, Hemingway, South Carolina
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To be human is to embrace your complexity, your mysteriousness, and to fulfill everything you wish on your own. It is to love and be loved.
Marlee
- Marlee, Coronado
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Being human means to be able to evolve at a faster rate than any other living organism on the planet, and having an imagination to do so.
Shannon Perucatti
- Shannon Perucatti, South Africa
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To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
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To have the ability to completely wipe out a species, and almost, create a new one.
Bryce Nurding
- Bryce Nurding, Astoria OR
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Communication of creative and abstract thought.
Tribble and Linda Gann
- Tribble and Linda Gann, Aurora, MO
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It means nothing. Even a human raised by wolves, with little conception of emotion or self-awareness is still human
Alex Ultahan
- Alex Ultahan, London
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To me, being human means interacting with those around us in order to form meaningful relationships, and striving to be happy.
Kaitlin Bielec
- Kaitlin Bielec, Maryland
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CAN NOT BREED WITH NONHUMANS
RONALD MOHORN
- RONALD MOHORN, CALIFORNIA
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Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
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To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
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To Think and shape the world around us.
Jason
- Jason, Tucson
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We teach and learn from one another to form cultures, as well as keeping "history" and passing ideas on; we "predict” each other’s thoughts.
Sara Kim
- Sara Kim , California
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To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
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Being human means that we are a highly specialized and evolved being capable of sharing culture through language.
Maddie
- Maddie, Austin, TX
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To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
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It means that you have the ability to see touch smell feel or taste all the wonders God has given us
Ademola Adegbemigun
- Ademola Adegbemigun, Bronx ny
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to be human means to reproduce and pass on adaptations and gene mutations to later generations in an ongoing effort to improve our species
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , north carolina
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Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
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To be human is to dream, imagine, and think reasoningly; and, reflect on and recreate one's self as often as one likes.
Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke
- Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke, Memphis, Tn
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The full awareness of self and others.
Walter D. Shultz
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
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Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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Focused Curiosity
Andrea
- Andrea, Canada
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It means to have a higher level of thinking.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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Being human means having complex emotions and thoughts and knowing how to express them.
Dylan
- Dylan, Belleville,Il
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To have a deeper complexity of thoughts, e.g. plan for the future, be aware of the world around us, to think beyond survival/reproduction
Laura
- Laura, London
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The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
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To me, being human means interacting with those around us in order to form meaningful relationships, and striving to be happy.
Kaitlin Bielec
- Kaitlin Bielec, Maryland
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To be human is to be bipedal, be intellegent, and an individual. Also to communicate and have your own characteristics.
Imani
- Imani, The Renaissance School
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capacity for language and its further development
E. Lorenz
- E. Lorenz, Grasse, Frane
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The answer has changed over time. Ages ago it meant to bury our dead, or to use art. Now it means to be able to answer this question.
Jonathan Abbatt
- Jonathan Abbatt, Ceiriog Valley, Wales
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To have compassion, which means to have imagination.
Karen
- Karen, Raleigh, NC
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That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
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The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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bacon and ipods
isaiahdawebb
- isaiahdawebb, lol not tellin
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To be human is to be able to not be perfect. To sometimes just give up without fear of death.
Gregor
- Gregor, Portland OR
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To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
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To be human is to claim land that is from Earth as your own. We all share the Earth, no one owns it.
Eris
- Eris, Earth
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To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
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That we are all connected
Titus
- Titus, Boone, NC
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