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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 be happy and healthy,to survive,and to love qnd care for others also to live life to the fullest
Loyality
- Loyality , Bronx
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To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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Someone with feelings and emotions.
Kat
- Kat, L.A
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Hello I am Alexis I am sharing a computer with Olivia
Alexis/Olivia
- Alexis/Olivia, Pensacola Flordia
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I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, USA
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It means to have the ability to make rational decisions, and to differentiate what's right from wrong.
eduardo
- eduardo, Missouri
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Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
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You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
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humans are monsters Id rather be a cat
Gary
- Gary, Bikini Bottom
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To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
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It feels like i'm the most luckiest person on earth to be a human. We have so many advantages while people back then sometimes had to suffer
Smritii
- Smritii, 1356 west 235th street
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To be created in the image of God, in dominion over the earth, with an internal God-given conscience
JD
- JD, Greenville, SC
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To understand death, and contemplate what comes after and asking if there is something other than just matter.
Don
- Don, CA
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It means how we'd lived in the past!
Raven
- Raven, Hamden
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It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
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Human Neural Plasticity: intelligence, time-sense, ingenuity, advanced socialization, culture, conceptual synthesis, logic, domestication.
S Churchill
- S Churchill, Washington State
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That we are all connected
Titus
- Titus, Boone, NC
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To be human is to be made in the image of God.
Bryan
- Bryan, Tennessee
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i think it means being smart and evolved
peeso
- peeso, cali
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Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
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Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
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It means to learn and achieve things that no other species have even came close to.
Maxpayne
- Maxpayne, England
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To have the ability to recognize our own image and feel judgment towards it.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, NC
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Being a human means to understand what the world is and how it works it also mean realize they other pepole and they other things aroud you.
Cassie
- Cassie , canada
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The constant pursuit of happiness we are always short of obtaining by a hair.
Yeliz T
- Yeliz T, Pennsylvania, USA
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our desire for meaning and eternity makes us what we are- human that is.
emmalyn
- emmalyn, Manila, Philippines
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being human means being able of questioning about my own origin and my own impermanence
marcos giusti
- marcos giusti, montevideo
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Being human is how we evolved. Our DNA ≈98% similar to chimpanzees but we have further evolved the characteristics that define humans.
Dana
- Dana, Portland, OR
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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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we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
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to see, to feel, to touch to live and to die to decay and return to this planet
Gita Yoanita
- Gita Yoanita, Indonesia
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You can walk on two feet. You are able to be very civilized and cooperate with each other. You can keep developing.
Eleanor White
- Eleanor White, San Francisco, California
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To be human is to wonder, think, understand, and create.
Mico
- Mico, Gaithersburg, MD
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Humans can make conscious choices that are not based on instinct and have complex emotions/responses that are sometimes involuntary.
Julianne
- Julianne, Greenville, SC
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To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
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I believe humans must be able to express complex emotions such as love <3
Jason Hsiao
- Jason Hsiao, University of Maryland
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To me, being human means that I am able to walk, communicate, and create.
Helene Douglas
- Helene Douglas, Washington, D.C.
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It sounds like a cliché, but asking "What does it mean to be human?" is something only humans do.
Jonathan McCullough
- Jonathan McCullough, United States
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