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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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Is being able to ask ourselves the meaning of our existence and having the opportunity to share ideas through complex technology!
Ana
- Ana, Calgary, AB
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near the end of a long line
Denis
- Denis, floreda
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to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, TO BE
Tim Nguyen
- Tim Nguyen, Yorba Linda, Ca, USA
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the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
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Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
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Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
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To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
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A man thinks calmly with eye's filled with compastion, beside him the same man is yelling eye's filled with hate
Humans are, Part god, part beast to be human is to wrestle with our selfs. And ultimately, to choose which one will guide our actions.
Zavian
- Zavian, Canada
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to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
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To err is to be human. - Some Greek Dude probably
Jason K
- Jason K, Emmaus, PA, USA
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it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
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being able to have compassion for species other than our own
bernardette
- bernardette, washington dc
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To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
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To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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To be a human means that we have all been sent for a reason. From changing something to make your life a lot better to changing the world.
Orlando Cardenas jr
- Orlando Cardenas jr, Portland, Oregon
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to be a human means to live, having conscience that you will die.
gadea de santos
- gadea de santos, spain, madrid
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IT means to learn about the world, be who you are, a unique creature because we are big in every way, population, ect..
SELINA IRWIN
- SELINA IRWIN, ALASKA
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To be human means nothing more than just being human. The secret of life is, there is no secret. We are human, so we do human things.
William Dodson
- William Dodson , Concord NC
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To have every characteristics discerning human from any other species close or far different from humans.
Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo
- Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo, Nigeria
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Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
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To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
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To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
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It means to have the ability to make rational decisions, and to differentiate what's right from wrong.
eduardo
- eduardo, Missouri
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To be human is to have feelings such as being happy or sad and also to find out what it means to be a human as you live your life
noemi healy
- noemi healy, washington, dc
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it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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The desire to explore and understand our surroundings and the world around us, to feel passion/emotion towards/with others in our society.
Patricia Lee
- Patricia Lee, Wayne, PA
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To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
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To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
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to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
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To be able to use technology and access websites like this one. To share interests and experiences with others.
Omar Ahmed
- Omar Ahmed, Simi Valley, California
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Being human is to live a massive paradox. Our abilities at reasoning are eclipsed only by our abilities at self-deception and hubris.
Gary
- Gary, Madison, WI
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To shape the world around us.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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you can't have all the same traits as animals.
Meghan Thomas
- Meghan Thomas, da hood
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to be human means to be understand mutual correlation among creatures, creation, and creator
Kus Bintoro
- Kus Bintoro, Jakarta
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To be human is to understand at a higher level of cognition one that involves not only intellect but morals the effects of our actions.
Zainab
- Zainab, Boston
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to have feelings and be very curios.
ionescu
- ionescu, romania
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To be human, is to be created in the image and likeness of God, our creator.
Caleb
- Caleb, California
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a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
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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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To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
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