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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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Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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To be human is to be aware to the point of oblivion.
Daniella Calasanz
- Daniella Calasanz, Washington State
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It means that you are able to communicate past unintelligible grunts and gurgles, also only species has its own stock market.
FrizzantE
- FrizzantE, Alberta
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to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
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It means to live your life the way you want to, so long as you don't violate the life, liberty, or property of someone else.
Joko
- Joko, San Diego
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i think it means to be human is to evolve
dsmith
- dsmith, altantes
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To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
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Being humans is having a unique form of communication and ability to learn and teach. Narrow pelvis and fluid bi pedal walking = human
Zach
- Zach, Heeger
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To be a human is to become one, before you knew so...
Henny H
- Henny H, Indonesia
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To be human means nothing more than just being human. The secret of life is, there is no secret. We are human, so we do human things.
William Dodson
- William Dodson , Concord NC
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To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
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To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
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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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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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Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
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Being human means having the ability to ask objective questions about life, the world, and the wider aspects of reality.
Ben
- Ben, Birmingham
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We are humans because that is who we choose to see ourselves as. If we evolve into another species, will we still call ourselves Human?
Jesse
- Jesse, Florida
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To be human is to know that we are capable of destroying and at the same time create. To feel everything that we do.
Sebastian
- Sebastian, Poções, Brazil
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being human means to have this unique sense of awareness and ability to comprehend what is around us in very detailed ways.
sumit karki
- sumit karki, alhambra, CA
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To know why we are born as Humans, to prove the cause by ourselves and finally to educate other humans too about that cause.
Bairoji Shiva Kumar
- Bairoji Shiva Kumar, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
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to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
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Being human means to be able to evolve at a faster rate than any other living organism on the planet, and having an imagination to do so.
Shannon Perucatti
- Shannon Perucatti, South Africa
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We are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
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Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
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Humans foresee the future, plan for and adjust for unforeseen events, understand fear and can teach ourselves to get over problems.
John Herrick
- John Herrick, Tampa, Florida, USA
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To use our minds and resources to make realizations on our own, not depending on others to make those for us. Kind of like smithsonite does
Mr Evans
- Mr Evans, Virginia
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To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
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To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
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I think to be human is to be living life and having your own state of mind.
Alissa
- Alissa, Springfield
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Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
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To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
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Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
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It means to be part of a family, found on Planet Earth, we have relatives too but they live very far away, living in their own home too.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
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To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
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we commit genocide on those who are not necessarily in direct competition and are aware of and fear death - hence religion.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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Being human means to have the ability to speculate and experiment
Adithya Vegaraju
- Adithya Vegaraju, Redmond WA
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