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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.

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to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
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When the abstract reasoning prevails over instincts, and also led us –guided by moral- to an enhanced enjoining of instincts
Manuel Vazquez
- Manuel Vazquez, Cuba
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Both individually and as a group, we exist in the past, present and future. This triad influences who we are and how we make our decisions.
Elizabeth Campanella
- Elizabeth Campanella, Hamilton, VA
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To have an incredibly large number of choices about our actions, from intentional cruelty of the most extreme degree to transcendence.
Deborah
- Deborah, Minnesota
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To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
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I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
Maddy Paulson
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
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searching for the meaning of life...
Kaushik
- Kaushik, India
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Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
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It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
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Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
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We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
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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 a concisous animal, understanding its ability to reason and rationalze.
shawn
- shawn, toledo, oh
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Helpful and Hurtful Unique Magnificent and monstrous Amazing and awful Never predictable
Anjali Gupta
- Anjali Gupta, California
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Value Creation
Fan
- Fan, New York
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being human is making mistakes in this game of life we are all playing.
George
- George, Texas
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Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
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Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
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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 learn by making mistakes due to emotions and in some ocassions repeating them, until you get it right.
david constable v.
- david constable v. , Panama city, Panama
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It means language, fire control, clothing, knowledge, inner control and, above all, God seeking.
Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez
- Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia
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To be human is different from being a person, being human is based on the shared and differing anatomical characteristics.
AnthroArch
- AnthroArch, Brighton
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to understand the meaning of this question
rosie b-y
- rosie b-y, ithaca N.Y
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Versatility and creativity.
Victoria Ayers
- Victoria Ayers, Willaimsport PA
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The capacity to discover, to analyze, and accept truths tested through introspection.
bilg
- bilg, Clemson SC
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Making fire and cooking food. Those are our two most fundamentally distinctive characteristics.
Scott
- Scott, Jones
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Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
Francesco
- Francesco, Italy
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We all came from ancestors but thru out time we have developed diferences in our DNA, yet we are all still so much a like.
Cielo
- Cielo, Woodburn, OR
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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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We are capable of so many things. We are in control of so little things.
TW
- TW, USA
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to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
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Human means being an ape that can throw stright. Bipedal platform for throwing jump started humankind.
Elliott Greer
- Elliott Greer, South Carolina
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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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To live life can do it well and with confidence
JFK
- JFK, Selby
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To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
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To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
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Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
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To be human means to have emotions, to show and contain them. Also, that humans have the ability to remember the smallest things.
Mrs. McPhee Class D
- Mrs. McPhee Class D, Litchfield, NH
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To coexist and live in harmony with nature. Not to destroy it. To be able to look back and think, "I'm glad to be here."
Kelly
- Kelly, California
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