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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 human means to innovate and change the world. Humans are constantly changing and making new tools which rivaled other animals.
JWLB
- JWLB, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Humans have evolved now we need electric toothbrushes,soft serve ice cream and leather recliners to survive
Greg Heffley
- Greg Heffley, Cloud Kookooland
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To be human is to survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
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In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
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Man is incomprehensible.
phanuwat
- phanuwat, bangkok
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human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
gianni
- gianni, new york
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it means to be exproring the world and find diffrent parts of the world we never saw before
kanani
- kanani, Fontana CA
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To seek eternal happiness and have kindness and compassion for all positivity and life around us.
Ashley
- Ashley, UK
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To have such a diverse population. Humans don't all speak the same language, don't always see eye to eye. We're destructive sometimes.
Alydia
- Alydia, Iqualuit, Nunavut
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It's about shared symbolic worlds--images, language, sensations.
Diana
- Diana, Virginia
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we commit genocide on those who are not necessarily in direct competition and are aware of and fear death - hence religion.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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To be human means to have the ability to think for yourself, rather than simply living off the basics like food, and shelter.
Tyrone
- Tyrone, McDonalds
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human means that you have the urge to create a god!
haratsis evangelos hector
- haratsis evangelos hector, greece athens
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To reify; to assign meaningful forms, attributes, categories to abstractions.
Rhys
- Rhys, Evansville, IN
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We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
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The ability to comprehend emotions and reason to define your character
Mark
- Mark, Manassas, VA
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Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
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Being human is to love and be loved. It is the ability to feel compassion for all living things and to act in their best interest.
Jan Aubrey
- Jan Aubrey, Milwaukee
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To be human you must be a humanoid who originated from the planet of Humidity.
Tim
- Tim, Africa
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To embrace and be a part of the constantly changing culture of respect and morality on Earth now.
Kadasix
- Kadasix, Miami
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To have a human genome.
Aidan
- Aidan, USA
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
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To paraphase Mark Twain: to be the only creature that blushes . . . or that needs to.
Diana M. H. Smith
- Diana M. H. Smith, Springfield, MO
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To not be any other animal or life form and know it.
Hulon
- Hulon, Rialto
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To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
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The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
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Abstract thinking, walking on two feet, and opposable thumbs.
Jake
- Jake, Portland, OR
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To be human means to be a bipedal mammal with a spoken language
Jack
- Jack, Pittsburg, CA
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to not be liberal
the legend 27
- the legend 27, CA
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To live, breathe, and have a soul.
Nick
- Nick, South Carolina
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what I think it means to be human, that you have your own of liking of things and of personalty.
Jaylan Oppie
- Jaylan Oppie , Fort Collins, CO
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the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
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Being human is having a consciousness that is capable of emotion, capable of solving problems, and capable of making decisions.
Simon Nguyen
- Simon Nguyen, Dallas, TX
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It means I can imagine I'm a horse with my friends.
Olivia, age 4
- Olivia, age 4, Palatine, IL
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To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
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Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
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To be human is to be conceited and to experience pain and suffering until the sweet release of death.
Charlie
- Charlie, Sheepleville
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Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
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To be human means to communicate feelings and emotions.
Ellie
- Ellie, Denver, Colorado
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To be able to think critically about ourselves
Maurizio
- Maurizio, Bologna
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