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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 curious, and to want to expand your knowledge. It is also to bond with other humans, and to want to take care of the world.
Janelle
- Janelle, Portland, OR
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To wonder and dream.
David Lamar Jones
- David Lamar Jones, Austell Georgia
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Humans can imagine future possibilities: they can imagine possible states of existence, or states of matter, beyond what they see or touch.
Kevin Loughran
- Kevin Loughran, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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Being a human is to have a living life and to follow the rules and laws of being a human like law and orders. Humans are a type of species.
Lisa Askew
- Lisa Askew, Sacred Heart College
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It means the ability to contemplate the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Pat Best
- Pat Best, Canada
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to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
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To posses a large brain and the ability to communicate through speech and the use of tools
Angelica Li
- Angelica Li, United States
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We can grow and change. We can create and invent. Humans are also the only species that are dangerous to their own existence.
Gwendolyn
- Gwendolyn , Brookline, MA
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to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
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To send the human out to the farthest edge of speculation to investigate the human mind.
Len
- Len, Joshua Tree
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To be human means to cooperate effectively to develop as a society and at the same time hurt the ecosystems around us.
Kier Mitchel Pitogo
- Kier Mitchel Pitogo, Philippines
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It means to be self-conscious not only of oneself as a self, but one who lives a examinded life and who understands that he'll die one day.
Sandro Reis
- Sandro Reis, Danville, CA, USA
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To live a life of optimism and fulfillment carried on by a good sense of fairness and equality.
Jared
- Jared, New york
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To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
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to be a human is to reproduce to pass on our adaptations and mutations to future generations
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , Phoenix Arizona
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To attempt questions like this.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, Michigan
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Creatures whose own conciseness of it self can either detrimental to its own survival or its own extinction.
Victor
- Victor, Usa
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To be human is to be aware of oneself, living, supporting, providing for oneself and others in contribution to the entire human community.
Jason
- Jason, Brim
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life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
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medicine wheel secret garden
To Wonder, Play, Learn, Know, Sing, Dance, Wander, Love, Be Silent, Revere, Weep, Un-Know, Grow, Die, Grow, Wonder...
Michael
- Michael, Blue Ridge Highlands, VA
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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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To be human is about wondering what makes me human, Haha!
Noam
- Noam, Paris, France
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Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
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Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
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I think to be human is to be living life and having your own state of mind.
Alissa
- Alissa, Springfield
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Poop and wipe also cook with fire.
Mrlivxample
- Mrlivxample, Oxnard, Ca
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art in motion
we are a visitor here to respect & enjoy the evolution of life . . .
debe
- debe, santa fe, nm
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To be a conscious being, capable of speech and complex thought, as well as emotions and ritual tendencies.
Katelyn
- Katelyn, Canada
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To make the most out if the one life you have. To gain true knowledge and share it with the world for the advancement of civilization.
Will Dickerson
- Will Dickerson, Piedmont, South Carolina
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God gave some of His human-like creations SOULS along with many advanced abilities springing from advanced human brains.
keith mcelroy
- keith mcelroy, 20 lakeshore dr., wapwallopen, pa 18660-1312
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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Being human means to love in a social group, survive with other people of whom you care about, and innovate and invent technology.
Nadya O.
- Nadya O., Portland, OR
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It means that you respect and treat everything the same way you treat everything the same as you would any other human being.
Justin
- Justin, South Africa
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To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
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well for me it means that we have a lot of responsibilities in life and that we have a reason in life too
edgar
- edgar, Roosevelt High
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Humans are distinct from all other creatures in their ability to express themselves.
Julia Barrett
- Julia Barrett, Torrance, CA
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Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
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To be human is to have a sense of morality. An inherent sense of right and wrong, and to know that you are created for a purpose.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Greenville, SC
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