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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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Having the capability to think rationally and share feelings with other humans
Mary Frank
- Mary Frank, Richland College
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it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
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Existing. Being.
Jayden Reece
- Jayden Reece, AU
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WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
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To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
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to learn by making mistakes due to emotions and in some ocassions repeating them, until you get it right.
david constable v.
- david constable v. , Panama city, Panama
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A human is a mammal that can convey ideas and emotions, survive using makeshift equipment, and adapt easily within its environment.
Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun
- Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun, Canada
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To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
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It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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To be human is to be yourself, enjoy life, and seek happiness
Alex
- Alex, United States
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To be a human is to share a form of language within a community. In this community, one FEELS a sense of belonging.
Madeline Myers
- Madeline Myers, Washington, DC
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being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
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picture of the evolution from ape to modern day human
To be a human means to be able to hope and dream, to adapt and change, and to learn and love.
Marcus
- Marcus, Washington DC
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It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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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 be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
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The pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
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being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
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Being human is so cool, I mean yolo. Life is great but boys suck. I love being human
Madelyn Woodworth
- Madelyn Woodworth, Springfield mo
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it means a person THAT lives.
yoselin
- yoselin, united states
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It means to have emotions that we can openly express, and to have the ability to create tools that surpass those of the animals around us
Rhiannon
- Rhiannon, Pennsylvania, USA
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Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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to have culture
Sam Allen
- Sam Allen, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada
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As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
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To be human is to find purpose.
Adam
- Adam , NJ
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Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
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Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
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The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
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To be human is to be complex, to think to your full capacity, to strive to be the best, and to make a change to the world we live in.
Morgan
- Morgan , New Braunfels, Tx
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Being human is a person that is distinguished from an animal.
garen
- garen, washungton dc
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Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
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two feet, have non-animal features and to not be very hairy like the Homo habilis.
Nereida rios
- Nereida rios, springfield, MA
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We have a brain that has a million gigs of memory. We also the ability of Adaptation we adapt to the environment.
Alex Murphy
- Alex Murphy, High Tech LA
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A human is curious, creative, adaptable, and also closed minded and submissive of the new; in other words humans are self contradictory.
bruce
- bruce, mendocino
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What it means to be human, is to co-operate with one another and help one another.
Steven
- Steven, Sacred Heart College
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We are the species that tells stories.
Dave Luckett
- Dave Luckett, Western Australia
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Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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