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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 able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
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to be one step closer to GOD!
PHILEMON
- PHILEMON, CAPE TOWN, SPUTH AFRICA
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It means you think being human is special.
Viveka
- Viveka, San Jose
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to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
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To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
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The ability to feel emotions, you have your own thoughts, and you are culturally diverse in your own unique.
Ashley
- Ashley, Astoria, OR
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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 have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
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Being a human is the key to survival, to speak your own language and to connect with other humans.
Rabia Mohammadi
- Rabia Mohammadi, Philadelphia, PA
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To care deeply about the well being others and be willing to do what ever is necessary to protect and nurture those we care about.
Tom Hunnicutt
- Tom Hunnicutt, Mt. Shasta, California
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To think and ponder over and above that which is needed for our survival. To analyze the environment. To think over complex problems.
Tzh Utmep
- Tzh Utmep, Pakistan
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To paraphase Mark Twain: to be the only creature that blushes . . . or that needs to.
Diana M. H. Smith
- Diana M. H. Smith, Springfield, MO
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A superior organic life form that has the ability to build and adapt to any environment and makes mistakes and is not perfect.
Darshan Govender
- Darshan Govender, Johannesburg
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http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
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We have an innate drive to follow our intellect, will, and passions.
Holly
- Holly, USA
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To be a human means living life, having fun, and to be able to love.
Desmond W.
- Desmond W., Virginia
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To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
Sean
- Sean, Torrance
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To be human is to have a free will and emotions. Humans seek for something higher and greater that will give endless joy.
Alyssa
- Alyssa, South Carolina
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we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
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To be a Human is to be the result of a 4 billion year evolutionary battle and being the descendant of an unbroken chain of winners.
Arham Ghauri
- Arham Ghauri, Illionois
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To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
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to be able to learn and think, be a homo sapiens, and to be created in the image of God
Stella
- Stella, New York
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medicine wheel secret garden
To Wonder, Play, Learn, Know, Sing, Dance, Wander, Love, Be Silent, Revere, Weep, Un-Know, Grow, Die, Grow, Wonder...
Michael
- Michael, Blue Ridge Highlands, VA
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To be human is to have a complex view of the world with access to technology and social information.
Zach alan
- Zach alan, Portland, Oregon
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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To be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
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To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
Dion
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
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The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
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Thinking off the top of your head
To be human means to be instinctive, to not over-think a decision when you get a choice
Josh Goldberg
- Josh Goldberg, New York City
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art in motion
we are a visitor here to respect & enjoy the evolution of life . . .
debe
- debe, santa fe, nm
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To be a human is to share a form of language within a community. In this community, one FEELS a sense of belonging.
Madeline Myers
- Madeline Myers, Washington, DC
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It means to commit, to face your challenges and fears
No Name
- No Name, no where
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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To be human means to go beyond our set limits
Adela
- Adela, America
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To teach... humans were among the first animals to teach their young rather than just show them so they could imitate.
Ra Amsler
- Ra Amsler, Vienna, VA
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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It means being part of a truly cultural primal species.
Roberto
- Roberto, São Paulo, Brazil
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Being humans means that we are physically and mentally advanced.
Casey
- Casey, Orlando
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Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
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With are brains we con think and make the world better
Dylan & Dennis
- Dylan & Dennis, Bristol, Wisconsin
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