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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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Steven Hawking
To be human is to believe in the capacity for human decency and accomplishment—with or without "God."
Robert Reid
- Robert Reid, Chicago
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To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
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To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
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To be human is to chose Transcendence
Marion Murphy
- Marion Murphy, Boulder, CO
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being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
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We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
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God and man communicate through gene. Possibly, this is the best part to be a human.
Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik
- Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik, Utkal University,Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
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Being human means to question and explore the question that sent me else that came to this website the question of what it means to be human
Flinders H.
- Flinders H., Denver co.
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To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
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to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
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Being human is learning from your mistakes and learning more languages and feeling emotions.
Angela
- Angela, canada
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To be able to ask ourselves that question.
Katherine Laine
- Katherine Laine, Victoria, British Columbia
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To be both intrigued and afraid of the unknown, and also to feel the desire pursue it.
Aidan
- Aidan, NY
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To be human is to be conceited and to experience pain and suffering until the sweet release of death.
Charlie
- Charlie, Sheepleville
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to not be donald trump
hillary clinton
- hillary clinton, not the white house
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to be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
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I think that it's cool how even though we're all human we are still different in our own ways
Selena
- Selena, British Columbia
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To be human is to wonder about our own being, never losing sight of the mystery of our own existence, continually willing to be the seekers.
Eric Lomas
- Eric Lomas, Omaha, NE
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For me...being human means discovering who I am. It means to make mistakes and learn from them. Being human means being who WE are.
Akayla
- Akayla, California
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Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
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Idk im no sowkrates
Swaggart McReggae
- Swaggart McReggae, Johnson
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Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
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I believe human beings are animals that try, for we grow up through our effort.
서인
- 서인, Chennai, India
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To know that you feel.
Christopher
- Christopher, Geraldton, Aus
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A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
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its when you love, you dont do things that are conidered heinous, and help the greater good advance
being human is having emotions it means you care about others you dont hurt others just for fun or money you do whats for the greater good.
Wesley
- Wesley, Florida
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to desire connection and express that connection through art
Dee
- Dee, San Francisco, CA
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The recognition of self, the conscious being, and all the rational and irrational thinking that comes with this consciousness.
Wade Dodson
- Wade Dodson, Perth, Western Australia
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Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
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Being human means to have the ability to think and reason, feel emotion, and communicate with other humans.
Carly
- Carly , Leesburg, VA
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Being able to understand why I have the instincts I do and reject those which are unhelpful.
Helen
- Helen, London
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To be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
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Walk on two legs, talk, be social, being involved, not being hunted.
Shawn
- Shawn, Colorado
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To be human we make mistakes and learn from them. We also are aware of our existence and know that life will come to an end.
Matt
- Matt, Illinois
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Being human means being complex and unique. We are survivors of a long period of difficulty and that makes us extraordinary.
Devin White
- Devin White, California
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To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
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to take moral responsibility for our actions--our actions regarding other humans, other animals, and the planet
Sarah
- Sarah, Ohio
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the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
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Having all of your basic needs met and still having a profound sense of missing something.
Cortney
- Cortney, South Korea
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