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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 accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
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It means that we have to learn math. Lucky monkeys.
Haiden
- Haiden , Hogwarts
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The ability to ask questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"
Jim Dew
- Jim Dew, Madison, WI
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An extensive pre frontal cortex with lots of gray matter.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Indiana
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A man thinks calmly with eye's filled with compastion, beside him the same man is yelling eye's filled with hate
Humans are, Part god, part beast to be human is to wrestle with our selfs. And ultimately, to choose which one will guide our actions.
Zavian
- Zavian, Canada
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To know with understanding, and to care with tenderness, while not seeking recongnition.
DeVault
- DeVault, Hemingway, South Carolina
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The change of our bodies throughout the years,using tools and weapons,and our brain size increasing when we eat meat make us human.
Megan
- Megan, Arizona
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you are more complex, bipedal, emotionally advanced and can process information.
Mira
- Mira, Denver, CO
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An Animal, who enough dare to think
Vinod
- Vinod, India
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Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
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To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
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"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
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Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
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Being human means being aware that you belong to the only species that has lost it's freedom
Michael Apps
- Michael Apps, Ramsgate U.K
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To be human is to possess the ability to endure, to love, to feel, and to show mercy.
Joel
- Joel, Mississippi
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To be unique/special as a species.To become individuals in the process of making own life in what each one of us want to be in the future.
victor merida
- victor merida , dallas tx
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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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It means the capacity to ask this question.
Heather
- Heather , Wellesley, MA
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To be human is to love and hate, to be empathetic and ignorant, and to live rationally and irrationally.
Kevin Danchisko
- Kevin Danchisko, Unknown
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you make mistakes and you have feelings
Adriana
- Adriana , Fort Collins Colorado
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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Humans are the only creature that asks questions such as "what does it mean to be human"
Sine Nomine
- Sine Nomine, Mi
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To be in our body, strong, weak, and mindful; of this landscape; to love, be loved, lose, and lost; realize and forget our finite selves.
Rose E. Dana
- Rose E. Dana, Arcata, CA
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It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
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I think being human is being able to learn and discover new things
Timothy Connor
- Timothy Connor, Elizabethtown PA
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To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
Sean
- Sean, Torrance
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To be human is to  be consciously aware of ones natural surroundings by connecting spiritually through our God given souls.
Keysha-Monique
- Keysha-Monique, Earth
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being able to create own causality, to have metaphysical orientation, and always to be an intermediate form.
gaia
- gaia, Turkey
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It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
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To be human is to have the ability to be independent and be able to live using any given resource
Kaisley
- Kaisley, California
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To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
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Few souls have the gift to be human-to be able to feel others pain and help them.
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA
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ability to: infer, moral decisions distinguish btwn. moral action, choice, spiritual nature, persuasive communication, creative
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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Human's are flawed yet perfect. We will never be content with what we have, but that's why we have come so far, and why we will go farther.
Eli
- Eli, Denver Colorado
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Being a human means to be able to communicate and to have compassion towards family and friends.
Addie
- Addie , Denver
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To be human is to be able to learn collectively and build upon those lessons learned.
daniel
- daniel, Colorado
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To be human is to have a complex view of the world with access to technology and social information.
Zach alan
- Zach alan, Portland, Oregon
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To Be Human is to live a life of consciousness.
Duran Dior Sharp
- Duran Dior Sharp, Newport Beach, CA
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Nothing more than what it means for a bird to be a bird
Josehp
- Josehp, Queenstown, Newyork
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It means to be a sole survivor in a once different ecosystem of similar apes. It means we can face the monster at our door.
Samuel
- Samuel, Vancouver
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