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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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Being human means to learn and experience reality and think how you can make it one step closer to perfection.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Anonymous
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To think, act, question, work, and have entertainment
nm
- nm, New Jersey
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In order to be human, one must have the ability to communicate, contribute to society, and to have a good conscience.
Jake
- Jake , CA
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Being human means loving yourself, people around you, nature and treat everyone with dignity-or do the best you can to accomplish that.
Simone
- Simone , Ecuador
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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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To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
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Being human is enjoying your time on earth, if you’re having a hard time, it’ll make it easier in the future knowing you got through it.
Zev
- Zev, California
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Being human means we can't be a giraffe and that's just friggin sad
Koli
- Koli, North Korea
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Being human means made a little lower than angels, but falling to be a little better than demons(quote: source forgotten).Jesus saves!
Alyse Mularoni
- Alyse Mularoni, Michigan
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To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
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To be human, means that we are able to partake on a journey using our minds, across planet Earth.
Anna
- Anna, DE
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Being human is being connected to others through relationships that vary in their degree of centrality to our everyday living.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
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A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
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...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
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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 cook
Ilse
- Ilse, Mexico
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Being human is having a mind, body, and soul. We live in these three realities through which we make sense of the world.
Mengei
- Mengei, South Carolina
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Being human means to have enough consciousness to (try to) understand the world around us, but at the same time continue to be amazed by it.
Giorgia
- Giorgia, Bologna, Italy
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Being human means we tell stories to each other about the past, present, and future.
Ron
- Ron, Illinois
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I think being human means we all have minds, and biochemical make-up of our bodies and knowing how to use them together makes us human.
Nancy Thompson
- Nancy Thompson, Longview, WA
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To be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
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to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
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A sense of mortality. No other animal is aware of it and this inescapable fact has shaped everything in our lives.
Mikey m
- Mikey m , Rochester new york
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A human is an inhabitant of the earth who brings life, is a homo sapien, and treats everything fairly.
Demosthenes
- Demosthenes, USA
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Human is inteligence. To know what one sees in DMT altered state of consciousness, is the psychedelic side effects, not spiritual answers.
ice
- ice, BC
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making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
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capacity of opposing the thumb to any other digit of same hand
Mario Blanco
- Mario Blanco, west palm beach,florida
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It means that we have the ability to create and cherish the arts, our environment, different species, and each other. Please do so often.
Michael Hollman
- Michael Hollman, Oakland, CA
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To be one tip on the end of one branch of the tree that encompasses all living creatures on Earth, past and present.
Wendy
- Wendy, Cotati, CA
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being human is being original, being different not every human thinks the same or even looks exactly the same.
david g
- david g, portland
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Humans grow adapt reproduce and die while animals do that to humans do most of this with compassion feelings beliefs pleasure.
John wick
- John wick, U32 middle/highschool
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An extensive pre frontal cortex with lots of gray matter.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Indiana
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We can share in the joys and struggles of others around us and long for the day when we can live forever with our Creator!
Nathaniel
- Nathaniel, Pittsburgh, PA
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Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
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Being human is one of the most beautiful and fascinating phenomena. Each timely adaptation led us to being the most advanced species known.
Ariana
- Ariana, Bethesda, MD
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My defintion of what it means to be human is you have a straight body structure, a bigger brain, and you are at the top of the food chain.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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being human is the ability to have resiliance.
katie pollard
- katie pollard, alexandria, va
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To be human is. The body is used so the spirit can experience the 5 senses.
justin
- justin, columbus, ga
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Being human means experiencing the same range of emotions, trials and tribulations in some way no matter how cultural different we are.
Lillian Mosteller
- Lillian Mosteller, Louisville, Kentucky
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