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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.

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Spirituality separates us from other animals.Maybe the first concept of the bible,of knowing right from wrong.
Michael Shannon
- Michael Shannon, Chesterfield ,S.C
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To be able to contemplate the universe and the self but be unable to be truly part of it.
Some guy
- Some guy, Australia
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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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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
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Who lives with innovative things, helping to others, good relations with love & affection and maintain ethics is the meaning of human.
G v ramulu, c/o Sandeep Guttikonda
- G v ramulu, c/o Sandeep Guttikonda, 8601, AL DE BURGH, HENRICO, RICHMON, VIRGINIA
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Besides being a Homo sapiens, I think it means to be resourceful, social, and to have a complex understanding of the world around us.
Nick
- Nick , MD
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To be human means to be your own, to have a special, unique personality. It is an honor and every minute of every life should be charished.
Sarah
- Sarah , wilmington, NC
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i think to be human means that we are capable of discovering new inventions of out own.
LUKE HEMMINGS
- LUKE HEMMINGS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
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To be human means to love, care, to be fair, to know what is right ang wrong and to have justice in our hearts
Yobhelle Escano
- Yobhelle Escano, Dagupan City, Philippines
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I believe what makes us human is our ability to contemplate eternity.
Lauren Elizabeth
- Lauren Elizabeth, Greenville, SC
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It is to struggle between the spirit and the flesh. To desire to follow God while feeling the tug of the pleasures of the world.
Darcy
- Darcy, Greenville, South Carolina
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To be HUMAN is to understand the intrinsic role, nature, music and art plays in the social evolution of the self !
Hilina Berhanu
- Hilina Berhanu, Europe
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To have the ability to complain.
Wort
- Wort, Rockville, Maryland
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Bein human means to have a brain, walk upright and be able to fend for yourself alone.
juan carlos
- juan carlos, cali
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To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
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To be a Homo sapiens
Anders Dahl
- Anders Dahl, Technical University of Denmark
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Its kind of organisms, able to store the information of geology of region, desire, ability to survive, it thinks beyond the imagination
P. Muthukumar
- P. Muthukumar, NEW DELHI, INDIA
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To be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
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to be able to live and walk and talk without being discriminated and be able to poop big turds in a toilet and enjoy it
sam
- sam, walker
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To send the human out to the farthest edge of speculation to investigate the human mind.
Len
- Len, Joshua Tree
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To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
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i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
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A creation of some greater being that created the universe.
Bob
- Bob, Here
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as the third smartest spcies on the planet (preceded by dolphins and mice) we have a responsibility to not kill ourselves and others
Griffin
- Griffin, Canada
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A human is someone who isn't perfect. Someone who is a anything or anyone they want to be. A human is always different.
Bailey
- Bailey , Raleigh,NC
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Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
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To be Human is Ah-mazing!
Kelsey
- Kelsey, Wisconsin
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It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
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It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
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To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
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To be able to understand how the physical world works and being able to shape our own environment unlike any other organism in this world.
Oscar G.
- Oscar G., California
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It means that you have the ability to see touch smell feel or taste all the wonders God has given us
Ademola Adegbemigun
- Ademola Adegbemigun, Bronx ny
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Being human is about life. It also mean to play video games and play outside. Being human can be having fun with friends.
Chewbacca
- Chewbacca, tatoonie
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to be a human is to reproduce to pass on our adaptations and mutations to future generations
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , Phoenix Arizona
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Being human is to be part of something so mysterious, beautiful, terrifying, humbling and spiritual; with free will.
Jay
- Jay, C'sted, Virgin Islands
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To explore, to find. To question, to answer. To learn, to teach. To live, to love.
James
- James, Victoria, Australia
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To share diversity with your surroundings and to discover the meaning of life in your eyes
shayla
- shayla , clinton
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To have a basic goal to expand your bubble of intelligence.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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Being human means to be intelligent,happy,curious and to also to be kind.
Saketh Hegde
- Saketh Hegde, Freeport, Bahamas
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