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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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I THINK "TO SERVE,RESEARCH AND ENJOY THE LIFE OF PLANET EARTH IS THE MEANING OF LIFE".
RAHMD
- RAHMD, INDIA
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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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To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
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Human is inteligence. To know what one sees in DMT altered state of consciousness, is the psychedelic side effects, not spiritual answers.
ice
- ice, BC
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It means to be in the homo genus and act like a normal "human" being.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth , Huffstetler
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Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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To be Human is to be simple and complex. It is to be understanding and compassionate. A tool for Love. An extension of the Universe.
Lumen
- Lumen, Tampa, FL
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Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
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Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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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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To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
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To be intelligent and curious enough to look for answers...and arrogant enough to think we know what the questions are.
Rodney Whitley
- Rodney Whitley, Opelika, Al.
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To want. To give. To love
Donald
- Donald, Pyongyang
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I think being human is being a leader of animals that we are so similar to. And we are able to lead together despite our colours.
Savannah
- Savannah, North Carolina
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It means being part of the most prolific, ever advancing and limitless species known to live on planet earth.
almjr
- almjr, Florida, US
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To know yourself, understand it, control it and improve it. In doing so you will do and learn to like thinks that you did not and vice versa
Prasiochos
- Prasiochos, Greece
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It means wanting to know why, how, what and where and having the ability and drive to answer those questions.
Abby
- Abby, Oregon
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To be human is to be able to share your happiness and your pain, to be human is to wish and regret.
Carlos González DeJesus
- Carlos González DeJesus, Green bay Wi
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to be human means to reproduce and pass on adaptations and gene mutations to later generations in an ongoing effort to improve our species
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , north carolina
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To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
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The creature called Man is at the zenith of essence of existence as the dominant life form on Earth. No copier exists.
Stephen Brodie
- Stephen Brodie, Huyton near Liverpool
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I don't think it means anything to be human,I just that we are put here to suffer and be part of one big experiment
Geovanni Naidoo
- Geovanni Naidoo , South Africa
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To be human is to be curious of all and niothing in the same time
benja
- benja, france
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What it means to be a human is to be able to socialize. Humans must be able to communicate, have emotions,and be able to walk on their feet.
Tulasi Landes
- Tulasi Landes, Washington DC
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Being aware, along a continuum of greater comprehension, of oneself and other “selves” as a part of and apart from everything else.
Barbara Norton
- Barbara Norton, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
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To seek eternal happiness and have kindness and compassion for all positivity and life around us.
Ashley
- Ashley, UK
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being human means to feel love, pain. take every opportunity that comes your way without hesitation. It means to live life to the fullest.
Amy
- Amy, Victoria, Australia
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Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
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Graecopithecus freybergi is going to be censored soon. It is a racist scientific finding, and doesn't fit the narrative.
Pepe Kek's Prophet
- Pepe Kek's Prophet, Kekistan
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Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
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I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
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We are bipedal. We make tools and we use fire. Also we stay in an organized group and we also feel emotion.
Shea
- Shea, Lexington ma
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Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
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We are to use our minds to improve our quality of life, take care of our niche, and take care of those who follow by growing from our roots.
Andrew
- Andrew, Pagosa Springs, CO
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Of the homo genus. A superior animal due to our mind and conscious which allows us to think.
Manda
- Manda, Australia
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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it means to make mistakes, evolve, learn new ways to do things, grow up. Embrace it. Accept it as it is.
Champagne
- Champagne, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
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