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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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Our remarkable ability to adapt to the new environment.
Dzemila
- Dzemila, Arap-Ward
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To seek knowledge and wisdom to further ourselves as a race to then pursue knowledge and wisdom further. Also 42
Alec
- Alec, Blackburn Highschool
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IIt means having logic and reasoning. That is was truly seperates us
Jedi
- Jedi, Hoth
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To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
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You can walk on two feet. You are able to be very civilized and cooperate with each other. You can keep developing.
Eleanor White
- Eleanor White, San Francisco, California
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The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
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Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
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Making conscious decisions & being able to adapt to change from life experiences.
Brent Kalata
- Brent Kalata, Louisville
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To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
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Being human means that you have the capability to think clearly and make conscious decisions for yourself, other than just surviving.
Danyel Tharakan
- Danyel Tharakan, Washington, D.C.
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To be human means to live you're life that God has given you to the fullest. Be Happy! - Cassidy
Introductory Discussion
- Introductory Discussion, Asheville, North Carolina
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To be a human is to be able to ask how and why we are human.
Hadley
- Hadley, Denver, Colorado
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We can be better than what we are all living.
Kanani
- Kanani , Chicago,Il.
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To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
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It means that we have learned how to build specific locations to teach each other what we know about certain subjects.
13
- 13, british columbia,canada
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To make choices
James
- James, Alaska
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It means insisting we are of singular importance among organisms and using our clever narcissism to justify that claim at every turn.
George
- George, 11231
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To be human is to be able to experience the depth and complexity of thoughts, ideas and emotions, and admit we don't have all the answers.
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Singapore
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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I think to be human is to have emotion and intelligence and the capacity to care choose.
Donovan
- Donovan , Greenville, SC
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
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To be human is to have the ability to hope for the best and wonder at the possiblities.
erica
- erica, Texas
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Being human is knowing you have the ability to do anything you want, but use reason to restrain ourselves.
Michael
- Michael , Boston
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Humans are the only species on Earth with sustained cultural evolution.
Mnaini
- Mnaini, Toronto, Canada
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To be human is to know right from wrong, but to sometimes do the wrong thing anyway. To be human is ≠ to perfection, but complexities.
Leah Wilkinson
- Leah Wilkinson, IN
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To be human is to try and find the answer to being human.
Josue Santos
- Josue Santos, Houston
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To be human is to be part of the homo sapien species.
LMM
- LMM, USA
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To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
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To wonder and fear what the future has in store for us.
Kaitlin Smith
- Kaitlin Smith, Saint Joseph
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experience separability from a unified mind. to simulate meaning, structure, and story in a world of order, chaos and randomness.
Brett
- Brett, California
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To be nice to one another ( also pizza! )
Not telling my name
- Not telling my name, Not telling my Location either
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To have capacity for empathy with members of our own species, and with all species with whom we share this planet.
Katherine Munson
- Katherine Munson, Berlin, MD
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to make the present into the future
james ancheta
- james ancheta, saanich
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To be human is to fear death.
Glynis
- Glynis, Texas
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to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
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To understand our place locally on earth
Nick
- Nick, Saskatoon sask can
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To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
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To be human is to realize that you are the ONE SPECIES who can choose to change the destiny of the WHOLE WORLD for good or bad.
Les Lin
- Les Lin, Kerala, India
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To be created by God in his image.
Madi
- Madi, St.Louis
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It means to, sadly, not be a magical wizard!
Jo
- Jo, Indiana
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