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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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Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
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The ability to feel empathy and help the less fortunate to live a life of dignity and respect.
Chak
- Chak, Prakash
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Humans are aware that we aware we can think or in other terms we aware of our ontological self.
Baka
- Baka, Otaku land
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To be human means to love and be compassionate. It means being a team player for survival.
Amanda
- Amanda, Camden, Ohio
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There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
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To have conscious that we'll die and try to pospone that fact the more you can
Julio
- Julio, Chile, South America
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I don't know but surely the last human being (on Earth?) will provide a definitive answer.
W.
- W., Turin, ITALY
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it means to know exactly the limits in a society and community we live in. would behave as we wanted others to behave to us.(most of us)
ahmad ansari
- ahmad ansari, iran.arak
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The ability to start and control fire In the species natural environment.
Jim R
- Jim R, Denver
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being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
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Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
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The use imagination and opposable thumbs to progress, adapt and survive
Danielsen
- Danielsen, New York City
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To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
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Humans wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
Lon Brouse
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
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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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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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Science has helped humans to grow and prosper but at a very high and unaffordable cost of the environment which will destroy us one day
Brian Dsouza
- Brian Dsouza, Goa
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To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
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Share memes
Jose
- Jose, Houston
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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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To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
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Thinking, speaking, emotions.
Sandra
- Sandra, Colorado
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To have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
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It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
Brian K
- Brian K, Maryland
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to show that brains can conquer brawn.
Brad
- Brad, Illinois
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Being human is to understand that our actions will cause our demise, and we choose to move forward with those actions anyway.
katie
- katie, howard
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it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
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it means we are self aware & inventive tool users with the skills to develop a fast evolving culture & unmatched ability to shape the world.
Stuart Gregory
- Stuart Gregory, Bize-Minervois France
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i think to be human means that we are capable of discovering new inventions of out own.
LUKE HEMMINGS
- LUKE HEMMINGS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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What it means to me, is that you love, you fall, you get back up, and you push through. The human race is filled with items.
#invinciblenick
- #invinciblenick, Australia
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To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
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Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
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You do not have to be perfect
Hannah
- Hannah, Canada
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Being human means having the ability to contemplate what it means to be human.
Ron
- Ron, Pennsylvania
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The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
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Be aware of yourself and your environment and discover you can hurt others for your own profit.
Alexander
- Alexander, Barcelona
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The constant need to find a power outside of ourselves, a religious belief. This sets humans apart from all other animals
Heather hanly
- Heather hanly, Sydney, Australia
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To be human is to feel feelings and have the ability to have empathy for another.
Christine R
- Christine R, Boston
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To be human is to have the opportunity for memetic not just genetic evolution. Your education forms your humanity.
Douglas McGill
- Douglas McGill, Whitby Ontario Canada
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Our need to understand our enviroment and the world around us.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle , Washington DC
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