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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 the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
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To be human means to think and be creative, to love, to be spontaneous. To know the difference between good and evil.
Bekka
- Bekka, St. Louis
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hunger for knowledge love family friends experience success self improvement caring wonder explore, & that special feeling in our soul
Randy
- Randy , Michigan
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The ability for abstract thinking including empathy and innovative or creative thinking, communication by language and collective learning.
Remy Raquiza
- Remy Raquiza, Lincoln, Ca.
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Our capacity for cultivating knowledge invests in us the responsibility to protect and care for our planet and the species within it.
Alberto
- Alberto, Mexico
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to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Being human means we can do things other things can't. We can stand upright, we can make materials, and we can communicate.
Kayla
- Kayla, Phoenix
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the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
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To be human is to be yourself, enjoy life, and seek happiness
Alex
- Alex, United States
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To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
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To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
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Imagination
Mematron
- Mematron, New York
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To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
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To have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
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To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
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To be human is to be a highly adaptable intelligent and self aware hominid.
Xander
- Xander, California
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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
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ability to think and rethink and extrapolate the result of an action in different situations.
pradyot Kr. Biswas
- pradyot Kr. Biswas, Kolkata,India
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To be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
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To be human is to find meaning in the things unknown and the things unseen.
Alice
- Alice, New Zealand
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It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
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To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
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Being human is about being smart, caring, communicative, and a part of something more important than yourself.
Jonathan Graef
- Jonathan Graef, San Antonio TX
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To be a mortal or a human being
Human Skin Color Variation
- Human Skin Color Variation, Human Evolution Evidence
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To travel in time -- to know the past and anticipate the future. To understand and personalize death.
Judy Aliason
- Judy Aliason, Palm Harbor, FL
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To embrace and be a part of the constantly changing culture of respect and morality on Earth now.
Kadasix
- Kadasix, Miami
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medicine wheel secret garden
To Wonder, Play, Learn, Know, Sing, Dance, Wander, Love, Be Silent, Revere, Weep, Un-Know, Grow, Die, Grow, Wonder...
Michael
- Michael, Blue Ridge Highlands, VA
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God's Creation
Gayle
- Gayle, Virginia
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I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
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To make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.
Joel
- Joel, Greensboro, North Carolina
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Being human means being able to ask the most simple, yet at the same time, the most complex question: "Why?"
Joe Kozlowski
- Joe Kozlowski, Tucson, AZ
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To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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art in motion
we are a visitor here to respect & enjoy the evolution of life . . .
debe
- debe, santa fe, nm
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Being able to understand why I have the instincts I do and reject those which are unhelpful.
Helen
- Helen, London
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To be human is to dream, imagine, and think reasoningly; and, reflect on and recreate one's self as often as one likes.
Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke
- Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke, Memphis, Tn
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It means we evolved from hominid ancestors.
Brad P
- Brad P, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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Being human means we have the power to change the earth, and the responsibility to do so without destroying it.
Ambre Ying
- Ambre Ying, California
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Human's can choose right from wrong.This comes at the huge cost of all.
Danielle Montello
- Danielle Montello, Rockport, Ma
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To be able to use past experiences (ours, our cadre, and forebearers) to determine our actions beyond instictive responses.
Pete
- Pete , VA
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