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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 I. I am I, nothing more or less. All I do, see, feel, and think is human, for it exists within I.
Jacob
- Jacob, Earth
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To err is human. Just kidding. A real human is animalistic, and anything better is not human, but a person regardless of species.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Alaska
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we exist only because of luck. Our origins are still unknown and can't be proven. As with all life. I don't know what it means to be human?
David Aubry
- David Aubry, Mission Texas
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To have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
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To laugh
Erin C.
- Erin C., Portland, Maine
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We no longer adapt to our environments. Rather, we manipulate our environments, forcing them to adapt to us.
Cassandra McLean
- Cassandra McLean, Rahway, NJ
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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 a human means that we have all been sent for a reason. From changing something to make your life a lot better to changing the world.
Orlando Cardenas jr
- Orlando Cardenas jr, Portland, Oregon
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Being human means to advance. To constantly move forward always adapting and changing things around us.
Daniel Lawson
- Daniel Lawson, Mount Vernon, IL
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It mean to be thankful for all the things you get from your parents. You can be able to grab things and hold things.
freddy
- freddy, woodburn
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To cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
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To be fulfilled by God with a soul
AM
- AM, Massachusetts
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Diversifying natural evolution with environment to pro-create which prolongs chances to stages beyond spirituality and intelligence.
L. Ming Zhi
- L. Ming Zhi, Kuala lumpur
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To use intelligence to create and slove
Joseph
- Joseph, Charlotte, NC
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To be human is to look up, wondering why. Is to have no answer about many things, and keep asking. Is to keep searching, never knowing what.
Vitor Dantas
- Vitor Dantas, Salvador, Earth.
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To be the best people in the whole entire universe. And to also fool our family's traits and customs
Jaffrey
- Jaffrey, Duluth, MN
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Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
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equality
To be Human is to have no limits and the potential to do anything, because of this we have good history and the hope of a great future.
Eldon Dahlin
- Eldon Dahlin, Oakland CA
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To use social skills, be able to use our brain for complex uses, and creating, and/or using tools for a better and easier human life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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To laugh, to be bipedal, expressing ourselves, to have a large game, having a small jaw, and to think logically to solve problems
Avalon
- Avalon, CA, USA
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The constant pursuit of happiness we are always short of obtaining by a hair.
Yeliz T
- Yeliz T, Pennsylvania, USA
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To be human is to be a highly adaptable intelligent and self aware hominid.
Xander
- Xander, California
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it means a person THAT lives.
yoselin
- yoselin, united states
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To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
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to still be animal, but stand out among them.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
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Being human is thinking and feeling emotions in ways that are different than any other animal.
Caitlyn
- Caitlyn , North Carolina
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to be humanist atheist rational, o love all beings
Loay Ashry
- Loay Ashry, Egypt
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It sounds like a cliché, but asking "What does it mean to be human?" is something only humans do.
Jonathan McCullough
- Jonathan McCullough, United States
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Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
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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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To have free will. To be a free moral agent.
Shelly
- Shelly, Yarmouth, Me
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Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmone
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To breathe, have legs, feet, genes, knowledge, history, nature, passion, feelings.
Jasmine V
- Jasmine V, RHS Portland Oregon
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I hope, one day smarter than now...!
Alexis
- Alexis, Belgium
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I think Humans have an awarness of self and future
Gail
- Gail, Canada
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To be human means to care about others and to use your tools for success and knowledge to thrive and to be whomever you want.
Ishan Saxena
- Ishan Saxena, Livingston, New Jersey, USA
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To take in air, and breath out change, and to interact and require main nessecities.
Lolo
- Lolo, NC
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A being that is distinguishable from an animal and insect. To have a soul that will live for eternity. To be made in the image of God.
Jacquelynne
- Jacquelynne, South Carolina
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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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