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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 a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
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To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
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I believe being human means to be yourself, for humans are unique from animals and each other.
My Belief
- My Belief, India, Chennai
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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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It means being part of a truly cultural primal species.
Roberto
- Roberto, São Paulo, Brazil
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It means that you can love.
Blah Blah
- Blah Blah, Blah Blah
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To be able to lie in the anatomical position and to have visible and anatomical similarities between each being
Rachel Irvine
- Rachel Irvine, Ontario Canada
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A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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I THINK "TO SERVE,RESEARCH AND ENJOY THE LIFE OF PLANET EARTH IS THE MEANING OF LIFE".
RAHMD
- RAHMD, INDIA
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The ability to feel emotions, you have your own thoughts, and you are culturally diverse in your own unique.
Ashley
- Ashley, Astoria, OR
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We care about things more than survival.
Yan
- Yan, S.Pasadena, CA
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Descent
To be a bilateral chordate deuterostome mammalian primate monkey. To be human means to belong to the clade of Homo and all of the above.
Dennis Kalkhoran
- Dennis Kalkhoran, Denmark, Nykøbing Falster 4800 Parkvej 701tv
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It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
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To be human means to evolve and different religions can define what means to be human and also to have the right to be equal
llololololo
- llololololo , school
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It means to be able to work and cooperate together.
Sam
- Sam, Portland, OR
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The Thinker
To live with a purpose, set apart by morals. Continually learning and revising information in the pursuit of bettering those around you.
Brad
- Brad, Greenville
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being human means that you have the ability to think about higher powers; and the ability to think philosophically.
iggy galo
- iggy galo , calgary, AB
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To be a human means living life, having fun, and to be able to love.
Desmond W.
- Desmond W., Virginia
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To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
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Knowing I am created in the image of God, which connects me to every human ever conceived, or who ever will be.
Sharon Clement
- Sharon Clement, Kansas City
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To be human is to live life the way one sees fit, regardless of a lack of inherent structure or purpose.
jane doe
- jane doe, USA
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Human brains use 20% of our energy. They also give us the ability to do almost every other human characteristic. Our minds make us human.
AnnaBeth Graves
- AnnaBeth Graves, Washington D.C
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To have life
Alexander Simpson
- Alexander Simpson, brock middle schhol
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Being human means that you are like no other animal because you can communicate and express feelings to others in complex ways.
Nick
- Nick, Colorado
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To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
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It means that we have learned how to build specific locations to teach each other what we know about certain subjects.
13
- 13, british columbia,canada
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You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
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To be human means being capable of error and having the feeling of being superior than everyone else.
Gabriel Gonzalez
- Gabriel Gonzalez, El paso
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To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
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Sitting behind a monitor, thinking about an abstract question someone at the other side of the globe just asked you.
Gert-Jan
- Gert-Jan, Netherlands
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It means to come back to Our Father who is the path, the truth, and the life.
Milos
- Milos , Chicago
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to be human is different from other homo sapiens, our characteristics are different as well as our cognitivie thinking and our emotions.
Esperanza F. Clark
- Esperanza F. Clark, Texas
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Being human means sharing more genetic & phenotypic characteristics with the Homo sapiens metapopulation than with any other species.
Paolo
- Paolo, London
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Being human is knowing that you are going to die.
Bethany Edstrom
- Bethany Edstrom, Oakland, CA
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To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
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Being human means to feel every emotion, especially deeper than any animal ever could. We're all different, and that's what makes us human.
Ruby
- Ruby, Woodburn, OR
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Being an image bearer of God, created to glorify him.
Aaron Gillingham
- Aaron Gillingham, Bju
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
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me human me smart you apes you dumb
Human
- Human, Human World
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Humans are complex beings who are spiritually connected and have their own thoughts and morals about the world around them.
Brooke
- Brooke, Astoria
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