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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 is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
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We can find our "humanity" not in our art and reason, but in what we do when the s%&t hits the fan and it's every man for himself.
Drew
- Drew, MT
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to have the will to survive and adapt, unlike any other species on this planet.
Jordan Whitney
- Jordan Whitney, Ames, Iowa
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it means to have certain values and be original
mishonda polk
- mishonda polk, 4912 monarch
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i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
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To be human is to find purpose.
Adam
- Adam , NJ
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We create tools for different uses, are social, can communicate, record, and express our thoughts and ideas with language and symbols.
Allison
- Allison, HTLA High School, California
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To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
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More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
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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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Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
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Being human means taking responsibility for ourselves, our species, our world, and the billions of diverse organisms we share it with.
Lucy K.
- Lucy K., Arizona
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To make choices
James
- James, Alaska
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Being the only species we know who can know that we're spinning along at 1000 miles an hour, and not falling off.
Harry
- Harry, Portland, OR
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Being human is being the result of thousands of years of evolution and change, and coming out on top after all of that.
Bailey Thomas
- Bailey Thomas, Denver, CO
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To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
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to be human is to have sympathy and empathy: while not to be human is to not to have any
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA, USA
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we have an education that will take us through the right paths and get good things out of it.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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Being human means being an example of the brightest species Earth has to offer, which is a sad disappointment to the rest of the Universe.
Runo
- Runo, East Coast, USA
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We make representations of the world around us.
Amy Callner
- Amy Callner, USA
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To be human is to not be entirely influenced by instinctual emotions, but also by the light of reason.
John
- John, GA
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to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
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For scientist, they classify human as animals that is living on Earth and they are the animals that evolved from homo sapiens sapiens.
BananaKING
- BananaKING, India Chennai
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to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
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Being Human is utilizing the evolutionary characteristics given to us to responsively advance our species
AJ
- AJ, Chicago
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What differentiates us from Neanderthal is our trading habits. Humans are the only species that trade over larger geographical distances.
Reindert Daniels
- Reindert Daniels, The Netherlands
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I think being human is being a leader of animals that we are so similar to. And we are able to lead together despite our colours.
Savannah
- Savannah, North Carolina
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being alive
Anon
- Anon, New York
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To adapt and overcome most circumstances.
Bill
- Bill, Vermont
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To possess a level of intelligence, morality, and creativity, similar to other humans.
Cameron
- Cameron, Georgia
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To make mistakes, learn from them, and realize what went wrong in order to go in the right direction.
Kathleen Jackson
- Kathleen Jackson, Inwood, WV
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We are the universe itself, pondering: "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is my place in the grander scheme of things?"
Prof
- Prof, USC, Colombia
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The brain is the greatest tool humans have ever discovered.
Being human is to experience everything you can, to learn, to teach, to create, to alter; to explore your human abilities, to enhance them.
Jesus
- Jesus, Alien Mothership
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To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
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To be human is to be aware. To be more than what our instincts calls us to do. To be able to feel a wide range of emotions and have dreams.
Carl Victor Salazar
- Carl Victor Salazar, Bergenfield, NJ
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Superior cognitive recognition and contemplation.
Ed Vinieratos
- Ed Vinieratos, American in Moscow, Russia
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To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
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Humans are like most other hunks of mobile meat except some of them have a dream inside...
Brad G
- Brad G, Philadelphia, PA
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to be a human is to reproduce to pass on our adaptations and mutations to future generations
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , Phoenix Arizona
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dressing up
Michelle
- Michelle, FortCollins
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