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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 part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
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To have the responsability to protect the planet and to make a more enjoyable life to all
Hector Rubio
- Hector Rubio , Chihuahua, Mexico
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To wonder
Jlb
- Jlb, Nj
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In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
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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 be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
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the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
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Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
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To be able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
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having a chin and a forehead.
Jasmine
- Jasmine, New York
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To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
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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 human means to have intelligence and faith in yourself and others
Alizet
- Alizet, Sprinfield,MA
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Being human means being able think complex thoughts such as thinking what lies beyond our own minds.
Jonathan
- Jonathan , California
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having the most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
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To be human is to ask the question, "What does it mean to be human?"
Alex
- Alex, Storrs, CT
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It means to be made in the image and likeness of God, have free will and be blessed with a conscience.
Amanda Tran
- Amanda Tran, Waterville, ME
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To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
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Being human is a responsibility to show compassion to all your distant relatives, no matter what branch of the tree they sit on.
Skeet Freeman
- Skeet Freeman, Bowling Green, KY
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Using our skills and brain power to communicate with one another, to create newer, more efficient inventions and to love and be loved
Debora
- Debora, California
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it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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Being human means to know God in a personal way and having a personal walk with Him. We should do our best in this world to please Him.
Adam
- Adam, Woodbridge, VA
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Being human means to be able to evolve at a faster rate than any other living organism on the planet, and having an imagination to do so.
Shannon Perucatti
- Shannon Perucatti, South Africa
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We are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
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Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
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Humans foresee the future, plan for and adjust for unforeseen events, understand fear and can teach ourselves to get over problems.
John Herrick
- John Herrick, Tampa, Florida, USA
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To use our minds and resources to make realizations on our own, not depending on others to make those for us. Kind of like smithsonite does
Mr Evans
- Mr Evans, Virginia
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To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
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To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
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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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Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
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To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
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It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
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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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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 is to laugh and to cry, to regret and to expect - sometimes all in a moment.
Anne McComas
- Anne McComas, Bel Air, MD
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To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
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To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
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