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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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A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
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To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
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It means to dream big and fly high, but remembering to be grounded.
Konal S
- Konal S , Roosevelt HS, Portland Oregon.
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what it mean to be human is to have skill ,learn ,teach
Bronson and Gio
- Bronson and Gio, Renaissance school
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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 be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
Jessica
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
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To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
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To grasp with a thumb tools to till the soil, tools to hunt, tools to create and destroy.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, North Carolina
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To be human is to eat, drink and to be merry. For life is to short to be dull.
Kaleb Kane
- Kaleb Kane, Waterville, ME
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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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To be human means that you are surrounded by a society, and to think of the future and past and work on improvement.
Riley
- Riley, Oregon
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Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
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i think only this "sharing of emotion" is the meaning of being a human.
sasan
- sasan, iran
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To be human is to be epistemologically and metaphysically self-conscious by logically acknowledging that one is made in the image of God.
Tom Carpenter
- Tom Carpenter, Conyers, GA
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Having complex systems to perform specific functions. To say in short, to be a "Homo sapien-sapien"
Shamma
- Shamma, Maldives
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The ability to start and control fire In the species natural environment.
Jim R
- Jim R, Denver
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Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
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Human nature is being able to change think logically,have emotions, and be independent.
charlie
- charlie, texas
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I dont know what it means to be human. I dont know.
David
- David, Mission
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i think it means to enjoy life and be the higher species.
caleb funk
- caleb funk, sweethome oregon 97386
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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Few souls have the gift to be human-to be able to feel others pain and help them.
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA
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To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
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I believe what makes us human is our ability to contemplate eternity.
Lauren Elizabeth
- Lauren Elizabeth, Greenville, SC
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For every human, life is a struggle to get better treatment in this rancorous planet. In the end strongest always prevails over the weakest.
Abdullah Chatha
- Abdullah Chatha, New York, USA
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To be human means to be quick on your feet, don’t give up, keep trying, share ideas, speak, create, evolve, believe, & grow in knowledge.
LFSLJLSM
- LFSLJLSM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
sgreco
- sgreco, earth
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To be human is to be highly intelligent, record history and practice science. We are basically super smart monkeys.
Aaron
- Aaron, United States
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Words don't even come close, because to be human is not a meaning, it's a feeling.
Hubert Meeker
- Hubert Meeker, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
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To be human, one must care. From that caring will come acts of love, courage, thoughtfulness, And kindness.
Maureena Andrews Renner
- Maureena Andrews Renner, Gahanna, Ohio
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To be human is to know right and wrong, to bend the environment to our needs for tools, and to feel emotions.
Autumn
- Autumn, Belleville East High School
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No clue
John
- John, Lol
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To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
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...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
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I as a human am one with the multiverse and it is one with me.
Q
- Q, Studio City
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To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
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To walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
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being yourself
Piti
- Piti, Toronto
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