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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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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 dream outside our present abilities, then make them possible for the future generations.
shane
- shane, kentucky
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smart ,dominate, to, speak, advandce, different, body ,structers, less, hairy, religious
Justin Marshall
- Justin Marshall, springfield renaissance school
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The ability to ask questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"
Jim Dew
- Jim Dew, Madison, WI
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To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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it means to have a bipeded
jaisen
- jaisen, wright midlle school
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To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
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To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
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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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Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
Becca
- Becca, Oregon
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Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
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To be greedy, our greatest weakness. To think...To dream...To love
DoubleH
- DoubleH, Canada
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to be humanist atheist rational, o love all beings
Loay Ashry
- Loay Ashry, Egypt
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To love one another & what the earth has to offer for us to make the most of our lives while we are alive...
johnny Picht
- johnny Picht, rockville
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
To have capacity for empathy with members of our own species, and with all species with whom we share this planet.
Katherine Munson
- Katherine Munson, Berlin, MD
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To be human is to be capable of self-reflection and inquiry into the origins of the human phenomenon and human uniqueness
Rachel Z
- Rachel Z, La Jolla, CA
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Being human is a gift.
Natalie Kristine
- Natalie Kristine, Buenos Aires, Earth
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To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
5
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
the ability to change the world
Lizzy Case
- Lizzy Case, Downingtown, PA
5
Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
5
Being human being smart, We aren't tougher then other animals. Without tools, symbolic language, way of thinking ect. we would've died out.
Daniel Joseph Marchand
- Daniel Joseph Marchand, Waterville, ME
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5