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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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Being human is to be a highly evolved and diversified species, characterized by complex social lives and culture.
Morgan
- Morgan, North Carolina
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To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
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Being human means being yourself. Act the way your instincts prompt you to and don’t change for the sake of anyone else. Be yourself.
Kaitlin
- Kaitlin, Clarksville, Arkansas
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Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
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human beings are one of viruses favourite ways to make more viruses
chistletoe
- chistletoe, usa
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To think logically.
Mason
- Mason, California
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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 have culture, religion, and tradition. To be the unique great ape the god created to be above all other creatures; a human being.
Nehemiah Rodriguez
- Nehemiah Rodriguez, CA
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To be able to react to certain situations beyond animal instincts. To analyze a problem, create a solution.
Luke
- Luke, Portland, Oregon
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To have the capacity for both knowing truth and what is right, but also the capacity for being extremely cruel and destructive and ignorant.
Isaac
- Isaac, Seattle, USA
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to be able to have coomon sense, some sort of religion, abstract thinking abilities, and an ability of speech
john phillips
- john phillips, st.louis
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To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
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Imagine the possibilities, set goals to realize them, then share with others in various communication modes.
Janet Podolak
- Janet Podolak, Mentor, Ohio
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To be driven by motivation and happiness to help us reach what others may have thought to be unimaginable.
Karol
- Karol, Illinois
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art in motion
we are a visitor here to respect & enjoy the evolution of life . . .
debe
- debe, santa fe, nm
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To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
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Being human means being able to play fortnite and browse 4 Chan
Mike Hunt
- Mike Hunt, Florida
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Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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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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Think, talk, feel, express
Miguel
- Miguel , Mexico
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to be contradictory. we live to die and would die to live.
pharenna pol
- pharenna pol, houston texas
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A capacity to wonder.
A Nobody
- A Nobody, England
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Being human means to show emotion and speak a language that us great people speak
Collin
- Collin , NJ
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When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
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Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
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To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
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To be human is to find purpose.
Adam
- Adam , NJ
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to be snobby & think you are superior to animals.
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- ~~~~, hellas planitia, mars
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Being human means to have some advantages that other species don't
Pnauyona Millsap
- Pnauyona Millsap, Denver, CO
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it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
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To have inherent worth beyond that of an animal or thing.
Hope
- Hope, South Carolina
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To be human it means to be able to walk up right and communicate with others and to have developed brains.
Trevor
- Trevor , Woodburn High School
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Large brains, opposable thumbs, and the ability to kill at a distance
Warren Norton
- Warren Norton, Massillon, Ohio
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Human nature is being able to change think logically,have emotions, and be independent.
charlie
- charlie, texas
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It is the ability to dream and unlock the secrets of the universe. The ability to refine our morality and make the world a better place.
Michael Martinez
- Michael Martinez, South Dakota
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I believe no characteristic or job or even a trait could change that about someone if they are alive in a human body.
Jaydyn Thornton
- Jaydyn Thornton, California
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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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It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
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