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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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Being human means being a member of the dominant species on planet earth--- and all the awesome responsibilities that go along with that!
Bob
- Bob, Cincinnati, OH
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To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
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It means to discover evolve and unfortunately destroy our own space "our world " is it really ours?
Diego prado
- Diego prado, Egg harbor twp nj
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we aren't humans beings trying to be spiritual, we're spiritual beings trying to be human.
Sapeins
- Sapeins, Sapeins
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A non-mutually exclusive experience of life.
David
- David, New York
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The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
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To understand our place locally on earth
Nick
- Nick, Saskatoon sask can
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Our species all have a somewhat selfish goal; to satisfy our wants. Humans, we long for fulfillment something worth living for, purpose.
aswali
- aswali, va
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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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Toddlers Ask Why
To me, being human is being the universe made manifest, so it may know itself. We are the animal that asks questions!
Marcia La Vine
- Marcia La Vine, St. Cloud, Minnesota
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To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
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To be human is to have a conscience that can collapse a reality out of an infinity possibilities at each instant of the lifetime.
Gerard
- Gerard, Venezuela
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People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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To be human is to be epistemologically and metaphysically self-conscious by logically acknowledging that one is made in the image of God.
Tom Carpenter
- Tom Carpenter, Conyers, GA
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To be human, you have all the characteristics of a human, we are the top of the food chain
Jim
- Jim, Alaska
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to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
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To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
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To have the gift of seeing our own uniqueness and yet our oneness and interconnectedness with all else on the planet
Joshua Courtenay
- Joshua Courtenay, Sheffield University
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to have a conscience
dominique
- dominique , las vegas
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To be human is to share in a quest for a rational understanding of our origins.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
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As limited resources are available, I must fight, enslave, and control my fellow man before he does it to me.
Frank
- Frank , Middletown, NJ
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It means that you fully realize you aren't the only sentient person here and that you recognize everyone deserves compassion.
Dillon Vaughan
- Dillon Vaughan, Madras, Oregon
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It means we can come to understand ourselves as the products of evolution and then use our powers of reason to make a more humane world.
Eric R Roberts
- Eric R Roberts, St. Louis, MO
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To be human is to be able to worship, to ask critical questions, to aspire.
Corrie
- Corrie , Minnesota
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To be human means to share your pain with other people. Literally.
tj
- tj, Okiehoma United States
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To be a human, it means to have strong beliefs and feelings, and to express yourself in anyway you like.
Meghan
- Meghan, New Jersey
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To travel in time -- to know the past and anticipate the future. To understand and personalize death.
Judy Aliason
- Judy Aliason, Palm Harbor, FL
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To be human, is to be created in the image and likeness of God, our creator.
Caleb
- Caleb, California
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To be human is to be a thread in the tapestry of consciousness.
Stephen
- Stephen , Ireland
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To be capable of showing your love for others through words AND actions.
Maria S.
- Maria S., Portland, OR
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To be organized and inventive, to speak our ideas, to pray to our creator
Steve Taikowski
- Steve Taikowski, Orlando, Florida
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I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, USA
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To know your roles and responsibilities as a guardian of all life on earth due to your development of consciousness
Mike
- Mike, Australia
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Humans have the ability for imagination that's what separates humans from the animals.
Cody Canion
- Cody Canion, Cotulla TX
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Being human means being able to ask the most simple, yet at the same time, the most complex question: "Why?"
Joe Kozlowski
- Joe Kozlowski, Tucson, AZ
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Besides being a Homo sapiens, I think it means to be resourceful, social, and to have a complex understanding of the world around us.
Nick
- Nick , MD
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It means we are beings God made superior to animals and all living things
Graeme
- Graeme, Sacred Heart College
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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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Our evolution and adaption, our complex way of living. It makes us what we are and we’re all the same, yet we're all so different.
Denisse Nava
- Denisse Nava, High Tech LA
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To be a human means to live your life like a nature's true human.
simaranjit singh
- simaranjit singh, ludhiana
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