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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 explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
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Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
Ted Caudill
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
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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 make historical records for future learning.
jollyroger
- jollyroger, australia
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To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
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Be responsible for what is going on & before Creator. Every creature has brains & feelings but man shoulders responsibility for the future.
Zarine L. Arushanyan
- Zarine L. Arushanyan, Armenia
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It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
James
- James, Coronado
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To be human means to be unique and to love yourself for being you.It also means to be yourself and not try to be someone else.
Landon
- Landon, Denver,CO
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To know where one comes from, to be mindful of the future, and ever aware of both in the present.
Brandon Watson
- Brandon Watson, Montgomery, Alabama
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We are smart.
Aleksey
- Aleksey, Moscow
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We are common as lifeforms, rare in our stage of evolution, & special as individuals. Explorers of physics, biology, history, & ourselves.
Bryce
- Bryce, Devils Lake, North Dakota
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Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
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Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
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To be human, means that we are not perfect. We make mistakes, get hurt, mess up again and again. But that's what makes us human.
Lyssi
- Lyssi, Wisconsin
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Humanity is based on consciousness. To be human is to be conscious even if consciously ignoring our consciousness.
Jose Alcaraz
- Jose Alcaraz, Mexico
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Homo Sapiens: A creature with intelligence advanced enough to observe itself.
Hmg
- Hmg, India
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being able to communicate and make things because we are special animals can't make things
hannah
- hannah, brentwood, TN
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Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
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Neanderthals were apparently better care givers to their elderly than Homo republicanensis, that other archaic primate
Gerry
- Gerry, Nebraska
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I think that to be human means that we are made in God's image and that we are alive through Him.
Madilyne Williams
- Madilyne Williams , Omaha, NE
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To have the intellectual capacity to save the world or destroy the world, yet still be unable to make a clear choice between the two.
Michael Dalpee
- Michael Dalpee, Highland, MD
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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 be a human is to have opposable thumbs and to be able to make the most advanced tools and to be able to have speech.
Rafi
- Rafi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
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To have the responsability to protect the planet and to make a more enjoyable life to all
Hector Rubio
- Hector Rubio , Chihuahua, Mexico
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Hello I am Alexis I am sharing a computer with Olivia
Alexis/Olivia
- Alexis/Olivia, Pensacola Flordia
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To be human is to have the ability to hope for the best and wonder at the possiblities.
erica
- erica, Texas
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To be conscious of our consciousness
Arthur Frank
- Arthur Frank, Amsterdam
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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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Humans are alive, eat and communicate as other animals do. We have the ideas of building new technologies to make our lives simpler.
Maly
- Maly , California
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Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
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Being human means to have the ability of walking on two legs and to think creatively for all situations that appear.
noah
- noah, Springfield Renaissance school
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to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
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Being human means having complex emotions and thoughts and knowing how to express them.
Dylan
- Dylan, Belleville,Il
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To individually in a group expand what we expect from ourselves, learning from our many mistakes.
What does it mean to be Human
- What does it mean to be Human, OR
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it means to know exactly the limits in a society and community we live in. would behave as we wanted others to behave to us.(most of us)
ahmad ansari
- ahmad ansari, iran.arak
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To understand and practice compassion
Savi Goonasekera Swick
- Savi Goonasekera Swick, Unknown
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what is means to be human is that we feel pain and emotins and being human. We are like the species that rule the world
Kayle
- Kayle, Wykes
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to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
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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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