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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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When the abstract reasoning prevails over instincts, and also led us –guided by moral- to an enhanced enjoining of instincts
Manuel Vazquez
- Manuel Vazquez, Cuba
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To have the intelligence mixed with curiosity to destroy the need for religions.
Jordan Allen
- Jordan Allen, Lawrenceville, PA
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Human? Why does that even matter? The real question is, " What does to mean to be you?"
Jade Starr Davis
- Jade Starr Davis, Pa,USA
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To be human is to be on the outside, looking in. To separate from the unity of the universe and become an analyzing observer.
The Phoenix
- The Phoenix, Cheektowaga, New York
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Humans have the capability to completely disconnect from the environment in which we evolved.
Nate
- Nate, Portland, OR
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To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
To be human means that you aren't savage wild animals, just think about humanity!
Meagan
- Meagan, Pittsburgh, PA
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I think Humans have an awarness of self and future
Gail
- Gail, Canada
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To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
To experience the impossibles.
Marie C
- Marie C, Portland - RHS
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to be living
bob
- bob, missouri
1
Being a human might sound easy but with being a human come a lot of responsibilities.
Jovany R.
- Jovany R., Roosevelt high school Portland Oregon
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My defintion of what it means to be human is you have a straight body structure, a bigger brain, and you are at the top of the food chain.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
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Human means that your alive and you can do lots of things like any regular human knows how to read walk learn new things.
katie
- katie, washington D.C
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Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
to be human, you need to be a speaking,living, cultural being
Mike
- Mike, USA
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Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
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The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
5
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5