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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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Is being able to ask ourselves the meaning of our existence and having the opportunity to share ideas through complex technology!
Ana
- Ana, Calgary, AB
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The experience of life and the realization that you're living it.
Michael
- Michael, Vancouver B.C.
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Knowing I am created in the image of God, which connects me to every human ever conceived, or who ever will be.
Sharon Clement
- Sharon Clement, Kansas City
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being amoral, and raised like a sheep under control of powerful organizations that have ruled throughout the ages passed.
Azoth
- Azoth, Arizona
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What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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I think being human is being a leader of animals that we are so similar to. And we are able to lead together despite our colours.
Savannah
- Savannah, North Carolina
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being human means understanding that we do not control the world The earth controls us.-Michael,Omaha,NE
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Can't choose to be human, but can stop being one or make most of the condition imposed by evolution and become evolution itself for future.
vijay
- vijay, irving,TX
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It takes a while for our skulls to mend. Our brain has more room to grow. We speculate, they throw poop. They are way more impulsive.
emilee l
- emilee l, portland, oregon
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I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
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to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
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Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
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To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
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Being able to question why we are here and spend our lives finding out
Brii Tyler
- Brii Tyler, Western Australia
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To be human, is to believe that there is a Creator of the Universe Whom bring out something from nothing.
Azrin Afandi
- Azrin Afandi, Singapore
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To be human means to use your brain, love, talk, socialize as well as share life and soul with other people.
VKAMEG
- VKAMEG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To experience all of life's adventures, such as spending your Friday afternoon doing homework for your college anthropology class..
K
- K, USA
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To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
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To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
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To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
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To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
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- scir91onYouTube, new york city
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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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