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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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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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Being human is to live a massive paradox. Our abilities at reasoning are eclipsed only by our abilities at self-deception and hubris.
Gary
- Gary, Madison, WI
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by encompassing as much as possible to the fullest of your potential while ensuring the positive growth of the world around you .
arnaldo del rio
- arnaldo del rio , madrid
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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
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Shootin' stuff, smoking, drivin, eating french fries, drinkin beer n watchin football. Pretty much anything we can do that monkey's can't.
Greg
- Greg, Saranac Lake, New York
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It means to discover evolve and unfortunately destroy our own space "our world " is it really ours?
Diego prado
- Diego prado, Egg harbor twp nj
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Being humans means that we are physically and mentally advanced.
Casey
- Casey, Orlando
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Having the capacity for compassion, tolerance, and personal growth.
Yaicha
- Yaicha, Earth
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We can do what others can’t, we have larger brains and are able to walk on two legs; these and more gave us advantages over species.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Portland, OR
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To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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To be human is to be able to wonder at what it means to be human.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Minneapolis, MN
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Means loving Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the World.
Jason
- Jason, Valdes
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Human is born to an organic body, riddled with limitations, and awakens to realize each life will need to learn how to outgrow this bondage
Nadia Deol
- Nadia Deol, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
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Being a human means expressing joy and compassion to others.
Filis Fee
- Filis Fee, Houston, TX
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To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
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To be human means to love, think, believe, explore, feel, and express feelings.
Kristina Brown
- Kristina Brown, Sylmar, California
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to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
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To be human is to face challenges. One was starting to walk upright. We are also always inventing & communicating efficiently.
ASJKJD
- ASJKJD, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
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Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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To be a human means that we have all been sent for a reason. From changing something to make your life a lot better to changing the world.
Orlando Cardenas jr
- Orlando Cardenas jr, Portland, Oregon
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it looks like the humans ate raw meat
billy
- billy, China
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To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
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Red sunny image with a human head depicted as a toaster.
To be human is to be capable of believing in things beyong nature and building churches to praise them.
Henyo Barretto
- Henyo Barretto, Brasília, DF - Brazil
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Being human is knowing you have the ability to do anything you want, but use reason to restrain ourselves.
Michael
- Michael , Boston
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The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
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It doesn't 'mean' anything. (What does it 'mean' to be a daffodil?)
Oliver
- Oliver, London/Oxford
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Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
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To understand our place locally on earth
Nick
- Nick, Saskatoon sask can
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To teach... humans were among the first animals to teach their young rather than just show them so they could imitate.
Ra Amsler
- Ra Amsler, Vienna, VA
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To be human means that you aren't savage wild animals, just think about humanity!
Meagan
- Meagan, Pittsburgh, PA
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Plan for the future; consider abstract thoughts; empathize. Have & share spiritual beliefs. Organize goals and reflect.
slugs
- slugs, Palmdale, CA
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To believe
Walker
- Walker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
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Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
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Being human means having the ability to respond to situations in many different ways, by learning from others and thinking of new ideas.
Jonas
- Jonas, Cremorne
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To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
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Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
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To on one hand kill each other and on the other hand have the free time to wonder what it means to be human.
Yuchen Tian
- Yuchen Tian, Richmond VA
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To be human means to only be able to do so much. I also agree with andrew shely from new york.
Deziree rosignon
- Deziree rosignon , houston,texas
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