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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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Being human means to Be.
Petar
- Petar, Nis
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for mi being a human is just being alive
Perez
- Perez, Texas
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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 be a free man to discover to explore to care for all
s
- s, new york
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To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
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To be human is to love. Love and human connection is truly what separates us from other creatures. Our soul is unlike any others.
Capri
- Capri, New Jersey
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To be human is to be creative and independent and helpful
aidan
- aidan, Sacred heart collage
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god has made humans to rule over the earth. so as humans we are the protectors of the planet and ourselves.
Nela
- Nela, Columbus, Indiana, USA
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to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
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the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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We are the only animal which thinks it is not an animal.
Connor D.
- Connor D., United States
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Being human means that you can change objects to help you do work, you can sharpen a stick to help you hunt for animals.
Windows.exe
- Windows.exe, Has stopped working
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what it means to be human is to be intelligent and unique in our own ways
joey
- joey, phoenix arizona
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To question
Stephan C
- Stephan C, Renton, Wa
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Being human is having the power to use emotional power and words to express feelings.
Ben.C
- Ben.C, Denver, Colorado
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To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
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to be part of a species that has been on the move since we first learned to walk.
Adam S
- Adam S, Boston
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To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
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It is to share the image of God, to worship, create, reason, recognize beauty and good and evil, and have a sense of purpose and dignity.
Charity
- Charity, Minnesota
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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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live a life not worring about the past, but about the present, and don't give up on the dreams of the future
Audrey Farmer
- Audrey Farmer, El dorado middle school
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Being human means conforming to a set of principles. Freedom from a systematic governance is only achieved by changing the human condition.
Aaris
- Aaris , Earth
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To be human is to wonder, think, understand, and create.
Mico
- Mico, Gaithersburg, MD
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To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
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Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
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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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It means a human being, especially a person as distinguished from an animal or (in science fiction) an alien.
Samuel Benjamin Albert
- Samuel Benjamin Albert, Your Mom's House
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to be able to have & express emotions in words & body language, and to understand the emotions of others by their words & body language
Rachel
- Rachel, United States
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An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
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Being human means you get to do things that animals can't do, like standing on two legs and using a certain type of language.
Zach Celaya
- Zach Celaya, High Tech High LA
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To be able to cultivate relationships and civilizations.
Keaton
- Keaton, Denver, Colorado
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We are an expression of the vibration and frequency of nature exploring and understanding itself. A manifestation of the mind that is.
Mira
- Mira, Earth
To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
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We humans have something wonderful, our “intelligence” that demands big responsibilities, respect and appreciation for the cosmos "life".
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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Being human means having a soul and being responsible for your actions.
Laura
- Laura, South Carolina
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it isnt much different from other animals. we walk on two legs is one difference, but monkeys can to. so we are not that unique
marissa
- marissa, belleville
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Being human is to live a massive paradox. Our abilities at reasoning are eclipsed only by our abilities at self-deception and hubris.
Gary
- Gary, Madison, WI
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It means that you are an animal with senses for survival.
Rachelle Robinson
- Rachelle Robinson, Md
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Being human means constantly learning and thriving. Learning to advance both mentally and physically in hope of nothin but success.
Angela Nunez
- Angela Nunez , UC Santa Barbara
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