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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 be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
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To be human means to have a purpose, it means to do what you were made to do.
bianca
- bianca, Sigourney, IA
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To grow constantly with age, either mentally or physically, and also both, but to also share in physical features.
Meaghan
- Meaghan, Amherst, VA
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To be a living, walking, talking, creature who has artifical inteligence
Max
- Max, Cambridge, MA
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To be human is to be aware. To be more than what our instincts calls us to do. To be able to feel a wide range of emotions and have dreams.
Carl Victor Salazar
- Carl Victor Salazar, Bergenfield, NJ
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To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
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To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, marikochrista28@yahoo.com
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birth to death and everything in between. Love, hate, learn, compassion, grow,
Debbie Winnett
- Debbie Winnett, San Bruno
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The be human is to stare into the coding of life and the universe, and understand it at the same time. As well as find penises funny
Rin
- Rin, London
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to have swag
Peter C
- Peter C, Chicago
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To create and question beyond the means of survival, for joy, sorrow, excitement and/or horror.
Jane
- Jane, Canada
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Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
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To glorify the creator of all living things.
JunKim
- JunKim, CA
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Our true nature is that of being a spiritual being having a physical experience where we learn from the physical reality of the universe
Fred Pirone
- Fred Pirone , Tampa
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Wonder about, observe & explore nature; communicate; educate; Extend our senses and abilities thru tech. Create music, art.
Dan
- Dan, NH
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To be Human is to ask: "What does it mean to be Human?"
Rui Constantino
- Rui Constantino, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
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With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
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It means I can imagine I'm a horse with my friends.
Olivia, age 4
- Olivia, age 4, Palatine, IL
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To smoke weed and party
Party god
- Party god , Denver, colorado
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To not be any other animal or life form and know it.
Hulon
- Hulon, Rialto
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to live a life in search for answers and contentment whilst being prone to sickness,injury, accidents and eventually death.
Jessica
- Jessica, Australia
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Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
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To be human means to be created in the image of God.
Eric
- Eric, Virginia
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Being human is a responsibility to show compassion to all your distant relatives, no matter what branch of the tree they sit on.
Skeet Freeman
- Skeet Freeman, Bowling Green, KY
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Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
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The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
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It means to be different.
Billy
- Billy, Illinois
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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To be human, means that we are not perfect. We make mistakes, get hurt, mess up again and again. But that's what makes us human.
Lyssi
- Lyssi, Wisconsin
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To be descended from ancient primates millions of years ago.
lizzie collins
- lizzie collins, Belleville,IL
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To be human is to be able to invent. To create. To think creatively. To be able to convey and share ideas.
Alex
- Alex, Fresno, California
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To have the capacity for both knowing truth and what is right, but also the capacity for being extremely cruel and destructive and ignorant.
Isaac
- Isaac, Seattle, USA
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It means that you are an animal with senses for survival.
Rachelle Robinson
- Rachelle Robinson, Md
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It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
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To be human is to be intelligent, express creative and original ideas, and adapt.
Nick
- Nick, California
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to be human is to be the best creature on earth. we have the best of everything on earth.
kermit
- kermit, columbia, sc
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To have the presence of mind to ask questions about our origins with logic, reason minus a magical view of the universe.
Hal
- Hal, Canada
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Life is about having a soul. It also means to see new things.
Chewbacca
- Chewbacca, starwars
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It means the ability to contemplate the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Pat Best
- Pat Best, Canada
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