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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 wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
Lon Brouse
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
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Being a human is the key to survival, to speak your own language and to connect with other humans.
Rabia Mohammadi
- Rabia Mohammadi, Philadelphia, PA
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Made in the image of God, put on this Earth for His purposes and glory.
John
- John, 3:16
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to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
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To be human is to possess thought beyond basic needs. To have instinct and and reason, and harmoniously institute them into one entity
Rassim
- Rassim, California
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An evolved life form aware of it's transience, mortality. Main ambition is to avoid pain, maximize pleasure and a shared fear of death
Andrew Lautin
- Andrew Lautin, New York
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Being human is having a life that you have to look after at all times you have dutys to do you need to be responsible of your own life.
Seethan
- Seethan, Johannesburg
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To be human means to be able to understand and communicate with each other, to live in communities, and to be influenced by one another.
Shantih
- Shantih , Portland, OR
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To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
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Being able to discover and learn about the wonders and beauty of this natural world. Enjoying this life for what it is.
Jake Murtaugh
- Jake Murtaugh, Arizona
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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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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
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Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
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Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
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To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
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a human being is an organism capable of breeding with other human beings in order to produce fertile offspring
Christopher Arendt
- Christopher Arendt, Unknown
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To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
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We all are different, yet the same. We think separately but together we rely on each other.
Taya W.
- Taya W., Portland, OR
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to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
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Being human is thinking and feeling emotions in ways that are different than any other animal.
Caitlyn
- Caitlyn , North Carolina
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Being human means to simply feel, imagine, and grow.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, USA
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The ability to actively pursue new ideas for the benefit of others
Robert J. Lewis Sr
- Robert J. Lewis Sr, Hemet, Ca
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To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
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To have free will. To be a free moral agent.
Shelly
- Shelly, Yarmouth, Me
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To think about our choices.
Mark T.
- Mark T., Worcester, MA
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To be human means to care about others and to use your tools for success and knowledge to thrive and to be whomever you want.
Ishan Saxena
- Ishan Saxena, Livingston, New Jersey, USA
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Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
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Being human is to use our senses to the best of our abilities and to be able to record thoughts, history and ideas
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Maine
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Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
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To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
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it means to have fun
maryam yahaya
- maryam yahaya, saudi arabia
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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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To just be you and enjoy life
matthew
- matthew, Astoria, OR
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Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
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I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
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To have a soul.
John
- John, Wherever Jesus is
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To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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A superior organic life form that has the ability to build and adapt to any environment and makes mistakes and is not perfect.
Darshan Govender
- Darshan Govender, Johannesburg
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