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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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it means to be exproring the world and find diffrent parts of the world we never saw before
kanani
- kanani, Fontana CA
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The purpose of life is to live, but that only addresses the body. We do what we are. Ask what else does what we do. The true lies therein.
John Two of Five
- John Two of Five, Atlanta
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To be human is an experienced allowed by the ability to feel, reason, and act. Feelings prompt reasoning that prompts action.
Fabian Diaz
- Fabian Diaz, California
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To be human is to embrace your complexity, your mysteriousness, and to fulfill everything you wish on your own. It is to love and be loved.
Marlee
- Marlee, Coronado
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birth to death and everything in between. Love, hate, learn, compassion, grow,
Debbie Winnett
- Debbie Winnett, San Bruno
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to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
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Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
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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 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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it means that your here to find your faith or challenge
angela
- angela, Rhode Island
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Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
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Being human means making mistakes...and learning from them.
Brian Estarella
- Brian Estarella, Lancaster california
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Diversifying natural evolution with environment to pro-create which prolongs chances to stages beyond spirituality and intelligence.
L. Ming Zhi
- L. Ming Zhi, Kuala lumpur
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To find the answer where do we come from and where do we go after life
Edgar
- Edgar, Roosevelt High
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Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
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Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
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Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
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Screaming into the void
Mossy
- Mossy, Northern Virginia
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To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
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Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
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To love and to be loved
Natalie
- Natalie, California
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Humans are defined by their inquisitiveness to determine their origin.
Hope C. Ostrander
- Hope C. Ostrander, Cortland University, NY
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In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
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Being a human means you're only able to do limited things. You have hands and you're able to walk.
Mary
- Mary, OR
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to make mistakes and learn from them to make friends to have beliefs
Jonathan Diessel
- Jonathan Diessel, JOHANNESBURG
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To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
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We make mistakes and learn from them. We create new ideas. We have to grow and learn step by step, how to live and act.
Megan N.
- Megan N., Roosevelt High School
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To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
Khoa
- Khoa, Torrance
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To be human is to be comfortable in ones own skin. To seek perfection in someone or in yourself,is, to me, inhumane.
Tanya Kaseke
- Tanya Kaseke, Johannesburg, South Afric
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to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
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To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Croaby
- Angus Croaby, Hong Kong
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We are human to discover and use those discoveries to make us so much smarter and develop new life skills.
Yarden Sasson
- Yarden Sasson, High Tech Los Angles
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To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
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To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
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Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
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The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
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The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
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To be loved, to love, experience, make mistakes, and to prevail, despite our shortcomings.
Savannah
- Savannah, Coronado, CA
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To be aware of you and your earth and to help what's around you.
Ciara
- Ciara, California
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To be human is different from being a person, being human is based on the shared and differing anatomical characteristics.
AnthroArch
- AnthroArch, Brighton
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