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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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Humans have self-awareness.
Pat
- Pat, Maryland
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To be alive and free to think, act, and experience life.
Hadley
- Hadley, North Carolina
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To be human is to question and quest.
Jessica
- Jessica, Pennsylvania, USA
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...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
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Dance a jig on 5th Avenue with a banana in your ear.
Rich Little
- Rich Little, New York
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To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
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My definition of human is to try out and discovor whats on the outside world.
Terrell
- Terrell, Massachusettes
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The only life force known to stay busy trying to figure itself out.
Robert Ratliff
- Robert Ratliff, Boone, NC
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To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
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Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
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To be human means that we strive for survival and gain knowledge to fill in the blanks of our curiosity.
Jenny R
- Jenny R, California
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Being human is beautiful and a beautiful disaster. It is what you make it. Your choices and decisions make up your humanity.
Lydia L
- Lydia L, New jersey
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To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
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You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
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To be human means to be able to make sense of the reality to the greatest possible extent but yet within perceived and unperceived limits.
Emanuela Bove
- Emanuela Bove, Italy
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To be human is to have a big brain with great intelligence. Humans are bipedal and communicate through the power of language.
Swaa Jackson
- Swaa Jackson , Compton, Ca
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Being curious about the universe, our creator and how we are formed billion years ago.
Curiosity
- Curiosity , Milky Way
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Be aware of yourself and your environment and discover you can hurt others for your own profit.
Alexander
- Alexander, Barcelona
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To be human is to be obligated, as the most intelligent species, to take care of the planet and it's other inhabitants.
Chloe Lopez
- Chloe Lopez, Gainesville, Florida
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To smoke weed and party
Party god
- Party god , Denver, colorado
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Humans are alive, eat and communicate as other animals do. We have the ideas of building new technologies to make our lives simpler.
Maly
- Maly , California
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Keeping other species from extinction.
Alan
- Alan, Tampa FL USA
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Being human means that we try to understand one another and communicate with each other by speaking languages and writing.
Soha
- Soha, Portland, OR
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I don't know but surely the last human being (on Earth?) will provide a definitive answer.
W.
- W., Turin, ITALY
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To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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Humans are bipedal creatures that have big brains, exhibit higher thinking, use tools, and express themselves through art, language, music.
Cayla Hailwood
- Cayla Hailwood, CA
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We determine our fate and destiny. We explore what our minds can understand. Then we must do what we can to contribute to the whole...
Jeremy Pauhl
- Jeremy Pauhl, Hamilton, Canada
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Determining energetically accurate truths using human anatomy and reducing burdens of all anatomy as fast as comfortably possible.
Rosa
- Rosa, United Kingdom
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Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
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Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
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To have self-contol. To feel guilt, greed, and love more than other animals. We are the same species but are different in our own ways.
Sylvia Gisler
- Sylvia Gisler, Washington, DC
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to be human means to reproduce and pass on adaptations and gene mutations to later generations in an ongoing effort to improve our species
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , north carolina
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being human is to wonder what's NEXT!?!?
Lew
- Lew, Cambridge, MA
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adaption,tools,fire,bipedalism,disconnected from our true home and nature,expressing emotion in extremes,surpassing nature
me
- me, usa
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Always finding a way to adapt :)
Art
- Art, Denver Colorado
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To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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Humans have better communication with each other and technology than animals, and we understand the concept of death, and have many emotions
Arne Basden
- Arne Basden, Bahamas
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To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
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Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
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In the backdrop of this universe with billions and billions of galaxies, to be human is to realise that we are only amoebae.
AHMAD ASHRAF
- AHMAD ASHRAF, THALASSERY, INDIA
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