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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 curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
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To learn new things, to know and help more people, to appreciate the experience
Hamza
- Hamza, Morocco
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To be human is to question and quest.
Jessica
- Jessica, Pennsylvania, USA
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It means to loving and be caring for each other
DJ
- DJ, Philadelphia
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To be human is to have perspective.
Rosie
- Rosie, Canada
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Being human means being self-aware, thinking of oneself apart from his/her environment.
Arthur George
- Arthur George, Baltimore, MD
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I think that what it means to be human is having the ability to choose your own path in life and expressing yourself through feelings.
Kendra Lowe
- Kendra Lowe, Washington, D.C
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we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
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We use tools to create other tools
Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
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Maybe humans aren't primates...Maybe primates are humans.
Jade Starr Davis
- Jade Starr Davis, Pa,USA
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Being human means being created specially by God.
Sarah
- Sarah, Hallstead
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To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
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Being human is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
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Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
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Humans are the only animal that kill each other in mass quantity for torture and sport. Perhaps that was what the Pit of Bones was.
nina moore
- nina moore, Northern California, US
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Being human means being able to understand and choose between right and wrong, good or evil.
Anton
- Anton, Woodburn
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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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To have DNA emotions relationships identity
Dorothy
- Dorothy, Hong Kong
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We can grow and change. We can create and invent. Humans are also the only species that are dangerous to their own existence.
Gwendolyn
- Gwendolyn , Brookline, MA
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Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
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To be human is to experience emotions. To feel everything. To be conscious, and aware. Understand what many things/others cannot.
Lexy Alcantar
- Lexy Alcantar, McAllen, TX
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To be human means to possess the ability to dream and to act on those dreams.
Mari
- Mari, IN
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Being able to rationalize between right and wrong and feel emotions to a great extent.
Brady
- Brady, michigan
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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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To be most moronic and irresponsible creature that exhausts all the resources with Extreme arrogance.
NobleSpirit
- NobleSpirit, Singapore
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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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To be human it means to be able to process emotions, think and wonder about the world and make mistakes and learn from them.
Me
- Me, Here
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Bipedalism!
Jordyn
- Jordyn, Fairfax, VA
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For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
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no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
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To be self-aware; to be aware of one's impending death; to worship a being greater than self.
Donna
- Donna, Murfreesboro, TN
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To be able to communicate, make choices, and evolve with your natural environment, and co-exist with each other.
Ann Marsh
- Ann Marsh, Redding, CA
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It means to feel complex emotions, feel what it is to be frustrated, feel confused, feel loved, feel sorrow, feel human.
Eliot Reid-Kempf
- Eliot Reid-Kempf, Denver, Co
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A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
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Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
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To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
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It´s means that we have the hability of collective learning
GenaroBar
- GenaroBar, México City
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to be human is to be kind,loving,friends we have to be nice to each other to stay in the human race and live.
leon fahy
- leon fahy, preston
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Human is a creature that is able to master tools, communicate, adapt to certain environment, and superior to other species.
Lil Rick
- Lil Rick, New Jersey
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It means wanting to know why, how, what and where and having the ability and drive to answer those questions.
Abby
- Abby, Oregon
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