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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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We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
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Being human, means you have friends and a family, people that love you and would do anything for you in a heartbeat.
Jaden
- Jaden, California
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Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
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Basic skills: running, jumping. You interact with other humans. I think that it is partly opinion-based: there are so many exceptions.
Sarge
- Sarge, Vermont
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adaption,tools,fire,bipedalism,disconnected from our true home and nature,expressing emotion in extremes,surpassing nature
me
- me, usa
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It means language, fire control, clothing, knowledge, inner control and, above all, God seeking.
Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez
- Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia
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i think what it means to be a human is to make mistake and by making them adapt into the environment
marcus
- marcus, melbourne
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be conscious of himself and that others of his race are equally self-aware, the course of time, and able to understand cause-consequence.
Jorge Padilha
- Jorge Padilha, São José dos Campos - Brasil
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to be human means to be the way you are and the way you want to be and to play with the other sex.
bob
- bob, lolomt
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What is meant to be human is being able to use emotion and personal thoughts to make a decision or take action.
Jose
- Jose, Angola
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We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
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Being a human is a chance to be proud!Don't miss that chance, because when you've miss it, you'll never got it back again!
Phuong Tran Nam
- Phuong Tran Nam, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Experiencing emotions and thinking intelligently to accomplish things in the world
Jake
- Jake, 29614
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to be human means to be understand mutual correlation among creatures, creation, and creator
Kus Bintoro
- Kus Bintoro, Jakarta
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To err.
William O'Reilly
- William O'Reilly, NY
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To be human is to eventually screw the world over unless your around the 5% that doesn't end up screwing the earth
Rick from dimension C32
- Rick from dimension C32, dimesion C32
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To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
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A human being can be anyone but being a human needs qualities like humanity, sensitivity to each other.
Alma
- Alma, Dallas TX
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Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
Ted Caudill
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
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it means that we are more advanced than monkeys
clorissa
- clorissa, new jersey
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Having the capacity to question what surrounds you, the desire for answers and the ability to understand that you might never find them.
Alejandra Duque Valencia
- Alejandra Duque Valencia, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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To walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
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To shape the world around us.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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To create your own world utterly different from anybody else's, and yet try to understand theirs.
Katharine
- Katharine, State College, PA
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It means you can make memes
Name
- Name, Location
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To be a human is to live and beautify the world with art
Grace
- Grace, South Carolina
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To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
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To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
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To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
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Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
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for if we fail we try again untill we prevail
jazz matthews-wood
- jazz matthews-wood, melbourne australia
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to be human is to die alone :)
Nick
- Nick, Prescott
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Being human means to be able to accept the bad and embrace the good.
Avery
- Avery, Colorado
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Honestly, I cannot say what this means because human beings are too complex creatures and we possess vast traits.
Anthony
- Anthony, Ecuador
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Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
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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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Being human means you have to accomplish something good in your life and inspire the new generation to make the world a better place.
Diego
- Diego, Canada
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The mental and physical ability to form civilization by having a food supply specialization of labor social system culture and writing
Diana
- Diana, Denver, Colorado
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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
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