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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 wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
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We are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
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To have the ability to recognize our own image and feel judgment towards it.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, NC
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To live in a self-constructed world of symbols and concepts. To touch "reality" only occasionally
Rich
- Rich, Columbus, Ohio
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There is no answer, only the Question. To be what is asked and to seek it.
Eric Garrett
- Eric Garrett, Columbus, Ohio
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Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
Francesco
- Francesco, Italy
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Is to love and forgive.
Mike Cayot
- Mike Cayot, Unknown
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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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To be human you must be driven by ego instead of nature. To be human you must ask why. To be human you can never be satisfied.
Robert Dombroski
- Robert Dombroski, North Plainfield, NJ
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It means that you need to learn, help, be kind, and to be super calm.
John
- John, NYC, New York
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Being human means to socialize, create change, & use tools. Through communication, human beings changed the world and continue to do this.
SMSLGL
- SMSLGL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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to be human is to be an agent of change, with the ability to create ideas and environments of our own conception.
Michael
- Michael, Connecticut
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to empathize and plan ahead.
Naresh Sehgal
- Naresh Sehgal, Santa Clara, CA
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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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Being human means walking upright, making tools to hunt, communicating with symbols, & having highly developed brains
Sherin Menachery
- Sherin Menachery, College Park, Maryland
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To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
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'Human' is a name however, its profound meaning portrays our ability to adapt socially, environmentally, and more importantly cognitively.
Jerel Pleasant
- Jerel Pleasant, USA
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it means to have fun
maryam yahaya
- maryam yahaya, saudi arabia
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Being human entails the duty of living for others and having imagination and forethought as demonstrated in Frankenstein.
Mary Shelley
- Mary Shelley, Geneva, Switerland
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To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
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My lean taste like some candy canes
Paul Denino
- Paul Denino, Autism ville
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To be explore the atoms at home and the several far corners of the the universe, in order to find our origin.
Hermella
- Hermella, Cambridge, Ma
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To be human means we are stumbling through our lives trying to find our purpose.
Jared Alexander
- Jared Alexander, Indiana
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To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
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To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
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To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
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Humans are animals with something more, something we can't even comprehend, that makes us able to question and understand.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Amherst, MA
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Seek company, partnership, communication and knowledge. The need know what I am, where I came from and what these things around me are.
Elizabeth Manson
- Elizabeth Manson, Australia, Melbourn
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To be human means to be humane.
Uday Shah
- Uday Shah, Germany
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to want more, just more of every
jackson
- jackson, canada
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Being human is defined by a unique intuition that expresses being an individual.
Katrina Uyehara
- Katrina Uyehara, Los Angeles
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I think wat is means to be human is to have a sense of reason and to be able to be kind and care for others
Edith Chukwu
- Edith Chukwu , Sacred heart collage
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We all are different, yet the same. We think separately but together we rely on each other.
Taya W.
- Taya W., Portland, OR
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it means we are the superior beings on this giant planet.
ashlee righter
- ashlee righter, philadelphia
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Humans lived here for millions of years ago before us. Their brains, bodies, and walking skills have allowed us to be like this today.
Alejandro Juanillo
- Alejandro Juanillo, High Tech LA
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Being human means we can live in a house and we can eat whatever stores offer and that we can use electronics instead of hunting.
Bill
- Bill, Canada
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Unfortunately, to be human is to have the capacity to act against nature. No other creature can commit such acts.
G. Bernard Sawyer
- G. Bernard Sawyer, Stone Mountain, GA. USA
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To love and tolerate
Nicolò
- Nicolò, turin, italy
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The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
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To be loved and love with all your heart
Karen
- Karen, philippines
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