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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 to have the ability and responsibility to act according to reason instead of animal instinct.
Justus Scott
- Justus Scott, Palm Coast, Fl
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To know that we are ordinary beings
Hillel
- Hillel, Philippines
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To create and perpetuate Culture, is to be human.
Magdalena
- Magdalena, Wisconsin
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i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
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i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
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Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
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ethics, morality & the ability to reason
Lynn Aylward
- Lynn Aylward, Gainesville, FL
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Human has ability to make verbal conversation and interact each other. We have moral to decisions
Justin
- Justin, Seattle
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I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
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Creatures whose own conciseness of it self can either detrimental to its own survival or its own extinction.
Victor
- Victor, Usa
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it means that we are one of the human group and we might evolve. WE are part of the human timeline
Anastasia Helaena
- Anastasia Helaena, Africa
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This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
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Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
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We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
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To be human means to communicate and be social. It also means having your own way of being unique and gathering with other people.
MGEC
- MGEC, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
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To be human is to have the power to devastate and deplete our resources but also the power to choose to care and conserve instead
Casandra
- Casandra, Chicago
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I think that being human is having the ability to analyze, communicate through spoken language and writing, and express and feel emotions.
Impana S.
- Impana S., College Park, Maryland
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It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
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To think we are a god but not actually be one.
Melissa
- Melissa, Delta
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To be human means to belong to the Homo sapiens species, although not always we are wise.
Carla Mello
- Carla Mello, São Paulo, Brazil
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To be smart enough to know what's going on around you, and intelligent enough to know how to make it better.
Tori
- Tori , Illinois
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Humans make fire and cook food. Made all the difference in human evolution.
Glenn
- Glenn, San Diego
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To be a species who holds some of the greatest prejudice against their own kind, but has some of the greatest capacity for love ever seen.
Samantha Smith
- Samantha Smith, Alburtis, Pennsylvania
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a human being is an organism capable of breeding with other human beings in order to produce fertile offspring
Christopher Arendt
- Christopher Arendt, Unknown
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to have an imagination unlike the Neanderthals who had no need in the cold climate during the ice age
jon
- jon, Albert Lea, MN
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Human means to advance and expand. Always exploring and looking for a purpose.
Emanuel
- Emanuel , Tulsa
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We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
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to grow in consciousness & learn how to be human
Donna A. Bartell
- Donna A. Bartell, Charlotte NC
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being human means having a great understanding of the world we live in. being human, you make mistakes but you learn from those mistakes.
India
- India, swansea
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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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to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
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We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
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To have the intellectual capacity to save the world or destroy the world, yet still be unable to make a clear choice between the two.
Michael Dalpee
- Michael Dalpee, Highland, MD
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To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
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My definition of human is to try out and discovor whats on the outside world.
Terrell
- Terrell, Massachusettes
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To be a mammal but also a civilized person
cant say
- cant say, cant say
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Being human means we have the ability to think, reason and plan. It also means we rarely ever use these abilities.
Michael
- Michael, Madison, Wisconsin
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To be human is to learn from your mistakes. Learning about the world and teach others about it. You never learn from perfection
Jess
- Jess, Australia
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Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
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