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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 a human it means to be thankful for everyone that has every influenced your life.
Savy Mavy
- Savy Mavy, Canada
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Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
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To create and destroy
Paul
- Paul, Houston
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To be human means to cooperate effectively to develop as a society and at the same time hurt the ecosystems around us.
Kier Mitchel Pitogo
- Kier Mitchel Pitogo, Philippines
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Human means to advance and expand. Always exploring and looking for a purpose.
Emanuel
- Emanuel , Tulsa
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Being human means so much, it is the ability to laugh, communicate, love, hope, reason, understand, and create.
Emily
- Emily, South Carolina
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It means to be made in the image and likeness of God, have free will and be blessed with a conscience.
Amanda Tran
- Amanda Tran, Waterville, ME
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Being Human means know what is right and wrong and to love the experiences life brings you.
Hunter
- Hunter, Cedar Rapids IA
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To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
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Who lives with innovative things, helping to others, good relations with love & affection and maintain ethics is the meaning of human.
G v ramulu, c/o Sandeep Guttikonda
- G v ramulu, c/o Sandeep Guttikonda, 8601, AL DE BURGH, HENRICO, RICHMON, VIRGINIA
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Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
Francesco
- Francesco, Italy
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To start small and weak and grow to amazing lengths, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Judith T
- Judith T, Roosevelt HS
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Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
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Nice.
In the land of Gielinor the god Guthix created humans, to defeat Zamorak and Saradomin Never Forget the words left by Guthix, Buying Gf.
Zezima
- Zezima, Lumbridge
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Being human is to want to know everything but to know (almost) nothing.
yilmaz
- yilmaz, izmir
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It means to try to understand our own history tied to the history of all other species and the universe where we live.
Ana Maria Charlier Madeira
- Ana Maria Charlier Madeira, São Paulo, Brazil
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It is to use intelligence to find out the purpose of life. Humans have a way of understanding that animals don't.
Jan
- Jan, Illinois
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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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Find Yourself, Lose Yourself, Then Find Others...
Benjamin E.
- Benjamin E., Chile
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Being human is a responsibility to show compassion to all your distant relatives, no matter what branch of the tree they sit on.
Skeet Freeman
- Skeet Freeman, Bowling Green, KY
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We make representations of the world around us.
Amy Callner
- Amy Callner, USA
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To smoke weed and party
Party god
- Party god , Denver, colorado
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Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
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We have the ability to think about our existence, and we have the ability to philosophize about space and other extraterrestrial life.
Aidan
- Aidan , Denver, Colorado
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To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
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Being human is the ability to learn from mistakes; and disregard what was learned when make a decision, and suffering the results and peril.
Curtis Clark
- Curtis Clark, Cambria, California
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Humans have self-awareness.
Pat
- Pat, Maryland
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To know you will die
theresa
- theresa, ga
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being human means that you are alive and have a amazing past and furtur
Alana
- Alana, Canada
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To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
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To look at the aging -- people, animals and plants -- and smile at the lessons lived and learned.
Dan Buckwalter
- Dan Buckwalter, Eugene, Oregon
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We're still trying to figure it out
Charlie Abelson
- Charlie Abelson, NYC
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To grasp the concept of time, to understand things which we don't need to understand, to not need to rely on instincts to do things.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Australia
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To be human, means to have the genetic characteristics and the DNA of a human.
Zazi
- Zazi, Johannesburg
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What it means to be humans, is to feel more then primal instinct. feel and control ourselves, keep a level head and live our lives.
Alisson Marigold
- Alisson Marigold, Illinois
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Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
Me
- Me, Here
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To be human - This means you are alive with a brain and breathing.
B
- B, NH
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It means being conscious of being so, and yet not knowing exactly what does it mean, unless you decide that meaning. (which for me, is love)
Jesus
- Jesus, Peru
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Knowing we are mortal. We are uniquely self aware
Erin
- Erin, Oregon
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Being Humans means that we use can use symbolic language and that we used collective learning to leave our homeland (Africa)
Jacob Montgomery
- Jacob Montgomery, Maine
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