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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 human is to strive for knowledge; whether that knowledge be from our own past or for future endeavors.
Joel Housheolder
- Joel Housheolder, Wayne, Nebraska
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There is no meaning. Nothing that is supernatural exists.
Gregory Breytenbach
- Gregory Breytenbach, Australia
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To commit mistakes.
Jose
- Jose, Compton
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Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
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To leave a global legacy which future generations can ignore, adopt or fight over..
Ian
- Ian, EMEA
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To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
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To be human is to be AWESOME!!!!!! for example MEEEEE
Eric Nakamoto
- Eric Nakamoto, Culver City, CAlifornia
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To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
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being human is the ability to have resiliance.
katie pollard
- katie pollard, alexandria, va
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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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Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
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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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Being human means sharing more genetic & phenotypic characteristics with the Homo sapiens metapopulation than with any other species.
Paolo
- Paolo, London
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To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
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To be able to think and plan ahead for the future. To not be held back by simple instinct.
Jonathan Zackariah Moore
- Jonathan Zackariah Moore, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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To feel and to love
Adrian
- Adrian, 'merica
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To be Human is to let others understand ourselves.
Alex Brown
- Alex Brown, Astoria, Oregon
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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it means to be free.
bogogo
- bogogo, is not your info
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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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Being human means being self-aware, thinking of oneself apart from his/her environment.
Arthur George
- Arthur George, Baltimore, MD
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To be Human is to constantly seek meaning in the world around us, and trying to understand our purpose in this universe.
Katelin
- Katelin, CA, USA
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We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
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Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
Mike
- Mike, Kosovo
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somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
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Have your identity - co-relates to ancestors. Have social relationships-complex or not-based on your morals & social development.
Mai Kou Vang
- Mai Kou Vang, St. Cloud, MN
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It means that we will be replaced by more intelligent beings
Some1
- Some1, Netherlands
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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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To have imagination, a sense of humour and be able to lie. But most importantly, to take care of eachother.
Lena Holst
- Lena Holst, Göteborg, Sweden
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to know that God created us, each in his likeness. Genesis 1:26 "then God said let us make man in our own image."
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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To be spiritually uncorrect!!!
Mikicen61
- Mikicen61, Italy
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Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
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To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
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Well it can mean anything you want it to. Human It dozen't mean anything because "meaning" is wholly subjective.
Roger
- Roger, Montana
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Having the ability to create technology, be inventive, communicate in a language, and be social and loyal in a structured society.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Portland, OR
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To vote.
Katrina
- Katrina, MI
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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