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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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bob from
- bob from, the local supermarket
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To be advanced physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We build, learn, communicate, feel, and wonder.
Elaine
- Elaine, Maryland
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Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
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Born good at doing bad things
leonardrichard@hotmail.com
- leonardrichard@hotmail.com, Frisco, Texas
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Being human means having the rational and/or emotional thought processes to make behavioral decisions.
Zac
- Zac, Roseville, California
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to be a human is to reproduce to pass on our adaptations and mutations to future generations
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , Phoenix Arizona
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It means survival under given conditions.
Kristy
- Kristy, DC
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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 learn from mistakes, through discovered errors and thus follow laws.
Jeff
- Jeff, Sydney
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eapons to kill or usingmodern age computers     Picture represents evolving human making sense of its needs with passage of time whether it be standing upright, using sharp w
Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
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Poop and wipe also cook with fire.
Mrlivxample
- Mrlivxample, Oxnard, Ca
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Being able to survive and to love and have hope and believe in something or someone that keeps you going in good and in bad times.
Angel Zondo
- Angel Zondo, Sacred Heart College
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to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
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I think a major component of being human is to have a connection with other people. As humans, we strive for human connection.
Cole Scott
- Cole Scott, KY
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I think to be human means no one is ever perfect. People are always going to make mistakes.
Emily
- Emily , Fort Collins, CO
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To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
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To be both intrigued and afraid of the unknown, and also to feel the desire pursue it.
Aidan
- Aidan, NY
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Self awareness
Jack
- Jack, Oklahoma
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To be human means having complex emotions and a big brain.
Lucy
- Lucy, Denver, Colorado
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It means we are unique in every way is that we stick to each other.I proud to be a human then a deer getting hunt down/killed
DM
- DM, Ohio
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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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Large brains, opposable thumbs, and the ability to kill at a distance
Warren Norton
- Warren Norton, Massillon, Ohio
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To be human is to be able to reason, know right from wrong, and most of all, feel and understand complex emotions.
Matt
- Matt , Massachusetts
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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.
chris
- chris, earth
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Caretakers of our own species as well as ALL other species. Let's not forget the Earth too.
Triste
- Triste, SG
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Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
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Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
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To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
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Those who show empathy towards others, have an idea or understanding on why they are alive, and have beliefs towards the way of life.
Gabby R.
- Gabby R. , Dallas, TX
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It means you can have success and bad mistakes
Holden
- Holden, Portland
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To be a human is to be able to realize that we are not perfect, make mistakes, but at the end learn from those mistakes and not repeat it
Jeny
- Jeny, Torrance, CA
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Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
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To be human is to be complex, beautiful, ecstatic, sad, and hopeful all at once.
bobbie Coverman
- bobbie Coverman, Austin, Texas
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Being yourself uwu
Ben Dover
- Ben Dover, Jupiter, to get more stupider
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I think to be human is: to think, to belong, to share, to be part of, to love, to be loved, to be shy, to be bold, to be selfish.
James Zaworski
- James Zaworski, Shenzhen, China
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Considered The Hologram of Love
I am. I am aware. I choose. [Repeat.] :-)
TJ
- TJ , Washington
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searching for the meaning of life...
Kaushik
- Kaushik, India
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It means living with all the mistakes made by our ancestors and try to make sure they don't happen again.
Nathalie
- Nathalie, Brossard,Qc
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To have the characteristics of a human, you must obviously be a human.
Allie
- Allie, Massachusetts
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What it means to be human is going through hard times, learning from your mistakes, and never giving up.
Gianna
- Gianna, NJ
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