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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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To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
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To have life
Alexander Simpson
- Alexander Simpson, brock middle schhol
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The brain is the greatest tool humans have ever discovered.
Being human is to experience everything you can, to learn, to teach, to create, to alter; to explore your human abilities, to enhance them.
Jesus
- Jesus, Alien Mothership
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The core difference for Humans is the ability to direct our own evolutionary path. Deciding our own path is what it means to be Human.
Trevor
- Trevor, Washington, DC
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To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
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Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
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i think what it means to be a human is to make mistake and by making them adapt into the environment
marcus
- marcus, melbourne
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To think,to love people, to explore,to learn
YU-CHIEH
- YU-CHIEH , Taiwan
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To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
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The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
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Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
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Many People,different ages ,all smiling
Being human,Hmm...To love and grow to adulthood and have an education to listen and have a social comunity
Daphne
- Daphne, Woodbridge,Virginia
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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Humans are: 1. Created beings 2. With a tragic ability to destroy 3. But an inescapable urge to build after destruction
Jason
- Jason, South Korea
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Being human means to be imperfect and learn from our mistakes.
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- Name, Location
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To have language, use symbols, be innovative, learn from others, use tools, have increased neurons, and complex social dynamics
Brittany M.L
- Brittany M.L, Torrance, CA
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Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
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It´s means that we have the hability of collective learning
GenaroBar
- GenaroBar, México City
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To be human is to give an account of your life after you die,so make good use of it , animals not so.
Walter
- Walter, llioydminster
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We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
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To be human is to be social and, in our society, extend beyond the limits of individuality to live as the knowing of a culture.
Kaleb Smith
- Kaleb Smith, Ishpeming, MI
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i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
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The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
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taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
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Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
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Humans constitute the first and only species which has named itself. We, humans, have proclaimed ourselves humans. To be human is to name.
Cedric Fangeat
- Cedric Fangeat, London
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It means that you are alive, you walk up straight, you have a big mind and you live a special life.
Kabo Modikwa
- Kabo Modikwa, Botswana
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Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
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Is to love and forgive.
Mike Cayot
- Mike Cayot, Unknown
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To have inlaws.
Jim
- Jim, New Jersey
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to be human is to die alone :)
Nick
- Nick, Prescott
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A human goes thru many things in life in which they learn to be stronger.
Mayra Mendoza
- Mayra Mendoza, Roosevelt high, Portland OR
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Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
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It is our identity as a species and defines our uniqueness as individuals compared to other species.
Callum Richardson.
- Callum Richardson., Burnley, Lancashire.
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To share a genetic kinship with billions of other souls, while striving to a part of a community larger than yourself.
Dale
- Dale, Murfreesboro, TN
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It means to be part of the species group Homo sapiens, and the ability to have complex language skills.
Caitlin McKee
- Caitlin McKee, Falls Church, VA
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To be human is to indulge in the vast array of emotions we encounter every day, and to embrace the many passions of life.
Cooper
- Cooper , Colorado
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It means to live your life the way you want to, so long as you don't violate the life, liberty, or property of someone else.
Joko
- Joko, San Diego
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to be able to change not only our future but of others for better or worse.
Gerardo
- Gerardo, N.C
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