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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 means to love, think, believe, explore, feel, and express feelings.
Kristina Brown
- Kristina Brown, Sylmar, California
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Art , is the answer.
hal9000
- hal9000, internet
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We have an innate drive to follow our intellect, will, and passions.
Holly
- Holly, USA
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What separates humans from everything else is our innate sense of expression, communication, and over all superior intelligence.
Jason
- Jason, Chicago
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We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
our bodies can digest almost any kind of food, and we don't have to live in one area because our bodies can adapt to different climates
Paris
- Paris, Rock hill
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To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
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The curiosity to learn and the ability to use that knowledge and learn more
Megan
- Megan, Prague
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Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
1
Knows how to use tools and how to make tools
Elaine
- Elaine, Maryland
3
To me to be human means you live, love and dream.
Shelby
- Shelby, Chicago
1
Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
0
To be burdened and blessed with consciousness. Torn between reason and instinct, fear and hope.
Richard
- Richard , Sussex UK
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To have language, use symbols, be innovative, learn from others, use tools, have increased neurons, and complex social dynamics
Brittany M.L
- Brittany M.L, Torrance, CA
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We are here to give life meaning
Pedro
- Pedro, Fort Collins,CO
1
Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
0
to love life and other humans
snow
- snow, jhb
0
We all are different, yet the same. We think separately but together we rely on each other.
Taya W.
- Taya W., Portland, OR
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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
0
to create and destroy stuff
Seymour Heinee
- Seymour Heinee, Your Butt
0
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
5
Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
5