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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 MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
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i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
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Distinction in sense of "self" and "others".
San Diego, CA
- San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
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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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It means to be in God's image
Mike.P
- Mike.P, 17737
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you are what makes you human because you understand that there is a you and not just the instinct to survive.
Daniella
- Daniella , Northside High School
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To be able to construct a society and think about the world around us.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, Windermere, fl
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Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
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Unique from anything else in the world. No two humans are alike. We have the intelligence to know we were created by God.
David
- David, Dallas, Texas
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The ability to visualize things we've never seen.
Forrest
- Forrest, Florida
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We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
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To have an identity, and to understand this concept.
Greg Leonard
- Greg Leonard, Boston
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To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
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Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
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Having a conscience
Mary Miller
- Mary Miller, New York State
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Being human means being self-aware, thinking of oneself apart from his/her environment.
Arthur George
- Arthur George, Baltimore, MD
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i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
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Being human is defined by a unique intuition that expresses being an individual.
Katrina Uyehara
- Katrina Uyehara, Los Angeles
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To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
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I don't think there is a set meaning to being human we all are different and think different things, being different from others
Kayla
- Kayla, Idaho
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the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
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To be human is to have a conscience that can collapse a reality out of an infinity possibilities at each instant of the lifetime.
Gerard
- Gerard, Venezuela
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we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
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Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
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Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
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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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To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
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to share and to take care of one another.
lena
- lena , location
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Being human means being part of a modern evolutionary tree that includes some of the most intelligent species to ever live.
Andrew Taylor
- Andrew Taylor, College Park, Maryland
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to be human means to be the first animal who questions itself and search its own origin
adam
- adam, spain
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Share memes
Jose
- Jose, Houston
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To love ; - )
joe Shmoe
- joe Shmoe, Emmaus, Pa
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Being human means to have the ability to think and reason, feel emotion, and communicate with other humans.
Carly
- Carly , Leesburg, VA
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Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
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An Animal, who enough dare to think
Vinod
- Vinod, India
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is someone that is able to adapt to an environment and able to survive and be able to do higher thinking
Anna
- Anna, Los Angeles
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It's great to be human because we are very smart. Our brains are very advanced. We also have a longer childhood.
Gillian L
- Gillian L, Belleville
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To not be dancer
Sarah
- Sarah, Topeka
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