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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 be human is to be intelligent, express creative and original ideas, and adapt.
Nick
- Nick, California
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To be human means to share your pain with other people. Literally.
tj
- tj, Okiehoma United States
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To be human means to love and be compassionate. It means being a team player for survival.
Amanda
- Amanda, Camden, Ohio
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Being human means to be responsible for the whole world because of deeper insight.
Peer
- Peer, Germany
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Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
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To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
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consciousness and the ability to question "creativity" and the unusual desire to control nature, instead of live with it.
anthony Krajci
- anthony Krajci, horsham Pa
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Ser Humano é estar em contato ao genero e entender nossas evoluçoes.
Newton x Mendes x Vieira
- Newton x Mendes x Vieira, Brazil Belo Horizonte
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To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
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Man is incomprehensible.
phanuwat
- phanuwat, bangkok
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Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
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We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
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Being human means having a flawed perception, and being fully incapable to obtain that which we were born for.
Chris
- Chris , New Jersey
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I think being a human means to evolve at a faster rate than other living organisms.And having a highly developed body.
Nhlamulo Precious Kubayi
- Nhlamulo Precious Kubayi , Sacred Heart College
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To have a written language and the ability to communicate through words and symbols. To be tame yet animalistic when necessary.
Alva Peguero
- Alva Peguero, San Diego, CA
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To presume to have free will.
William K. Boone
- William K. Boone, Mexico City
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Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
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Being human means being complex. We walk upright, think creatively, & communicate together. This process has been gradual & continues.
SFJMVAKM
- SFJMVAKM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being a human means you're only able to do limited things. You have hands and you're able to walk.
Mary
- Mary, OR
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To be human means to have ambition, the need to help other people, the ability to feel compassion, to love for more than the need to mate.
Theo
- Theo , Washington Dc
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Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
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to compound information from one generation to the next plus the ability to observe oneself
Jesse
- Jesse, Pensacola
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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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To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
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Being human means to be apart of the group that interacts with those that are also considered human.
Liam F
- Liam F, Denver Colorado
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A reflective drop of water on a green leaf.
To use our knowledge of human nature to improve our society, and ultimately, human nature itself.
Vlad Muresan
- Vlad Muresan, Romania
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To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
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To be human is to be valuable. All humans have value, even if no one else can see that value.
Drew
- Drew, Normal, IL
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To be human is to take care of the individuals of our own species, be they the disabled, the elder, or the dead ones.
gas
- gas, Spain
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what it means to be human is walking upright on 2 legs
dontae
- dontae, manhattan, new york
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To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
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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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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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To be able to consciously think and act. For example, It is more than just consuming food to survive, it's the ability to enjoy food as art.
Daniel
- Daniel, South Carolina
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being able to have compassion for species other than our own
bernardette
- bernardette, washington dc
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alway look for more. more KNOWLEDGE, more answers, etc....human curiosity!!!
Alejandro
- Alejandro, Viña del Mar, Chile
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It means we are unique in every way is that we stick to each other.I proud to be a human then a deer getting hunt down/killed
DM
- DM, Ohio
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Being human means to have emotion, feeling, thought, and the ability to slow our evolution to a point that we may never evolve again.
Kibbe
- Kibbe, Maryland
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