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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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Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
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Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
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In my perspective I think its the only species that has written language and better communication.
Arne Basden
- Arne Basden, Bahamas
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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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It means to understand we are really all the same underneath different tones of skin.
Lin
- Lin, Williamsburg, Va
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Capable of "rational" thinking and having a concept of "mind".
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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To love. God first, others second, self last. John 3:16.
David
- David , Maryland
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To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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It means being able to ask the question "What does it mean to be human?".
Mark
- Mark, Texas
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We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
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To be human means to think, reason and feel emotion. To be human is to know what is morally right. To be human is to love others.
Cara
- Cara, Camden, TN
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To share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
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To be a species who holds some of the greatest prejudice against their own kind, but has some of the greatest capacity for love ever seen.
Samantha Smith
- Samantha Smith, Alburtis, Pennsylvania
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To be an incredible step in this universes attempt to understand itself
Joshua Jones
- Joshua Jones, Portland, ME
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To be human means we aren't perfect. From hairy apes to hairless humans, we've made mistakes, failed, & tried again.
MB
- MB, PLAINVILLE, CT
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COEXISTENCE NATURALISM VIA BEHAVIORAL ADEQUATENESS VIA COGNITIVE DECISIVENESS FROM PERCEPTIONAL PROCESSES OF SURROUNDINGS.
Jeremy Lee Gray
- Jeremy Lee Gray, Anthem, Arizona, U.S.A.
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To be human means to share qualitative behaviors with many other animals but to share some of those at greater quantity with fellow humans.
Helena
- Helena, Sweden
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Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
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To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
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To argue the very reason why and how we are here. To question and search for oh so complex yet simple meaning of life itself.
Khalil J
- Khalil J, Portland,OR
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Being human means that you interact with your friends and family
Kyle Naidoo
- Kyle Naidoo, Johannesburg
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Faith and the reason to become a better person each new day.
Valeria Acosta
- Valeria Acosta, Puerto Rico
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Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
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A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
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It means being able to engage in discourse about what we believe, how we think our world should be, we're political reflective folks.
Margaret
- Margaret, Brooklyn, NY
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Language as a frame work for our thoughts, dexterity for making tools and bipedalism.
Paul Hsieh
- Paul Hsieh, California
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To be human means to evolve and become a better society. We keep evolving and making changes.
Josh
- Josh, California
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To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
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The capacity to discover, to analyze, and accept truths tested through introspection.
bilg
- bilg, Clemson SC
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Being an image bearer of God, created to glorify him.
Aaron Gillingham
- Aaron Gillingham, Bju
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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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There is no answer, only the Question. To be what is asked and to seek it.
Eric Garrett
- Eric Garrett, Columbus, Ohio
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The recognition of self, the conscious being, and all the rational and irrational thinking that comes with this consciousness.
Wade Dodson
- Wade Dodson, Perth, Western Australia
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It means to understand we are really all the same underneath different tones of skin.
Lin
- Lin, Williamsburg, Va
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Being human means you get to do things that animals can't do, like standing on two legs and using a certain type of language.
Zach Celaya
- Zach Celaya, High Tech High LA
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To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
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To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
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To be human is to try and find the answer to being human.
Josue Santos
- Josue Santos, Houston
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Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
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loving, helping all humans and disproving reasons on "race" and figure out we are one species.we must stand together as one race.
jack
- jack, birmingham uk
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