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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 able to think critically about ourselves
Maurizio
- Maurizio, Bologna
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To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
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To be able to think about the meaning of being human.
Sepehr
- Sepehr, Gold Coast Australia
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To live, to cry, to die, to eat and to sleep. Caring for one another. Having each others back. To be social.
Andrew Campbell
- Andrew Campbell , Northern Ireland
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To be human is simply to be human and know that we were always humans and will never be anything different
Symone
- Symone, Grandview ,MO
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to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
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To be a human is to be a bipedal, very intelligent and self-aware primate capable of conscious and complex thought.
Spencer
- Spencer, Gaithersburg, MD
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To be human is to be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
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To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
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being human means having multiple lobes in your brain and using each lobe for different parts of everyday life.
Jesenia H.
- Jesenia H., Portland, Oregon
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We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
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A living organism that possess characteristics, such as the ability to walk, talk and adapt to many situations
Shawn, Shannon, Jameliah
- Shawn, Shannon, Jameliah , Owings Mills,
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Significa haber sido humanizado por otros humanos que te hayan enseñado lo mejor de ser humano: el amor, la compasión, la risa, el arte.
Guadalupe Cruz
- Guadalupe Cruz, México
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we live we laugh we love. we have problems and find a way to fix them. were not perfect. and i love it
anthony
- anthony, sparta. NJ
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opposable thumbs
jacob
- jacob, haverhill
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Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
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Humans were best adapted to outwit every other species on the planet for better or for worse.
John
- John, Northern California
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How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
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Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
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Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
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no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
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To realize that though we have different physical features, we have all developed the same traits that enable our existence in this world.
Kay
- Kay, Maryland
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Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
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To be able to understand how the physical world works and being able to shape our own environment unlike any other organism in this world.
Oscar G.
- Oscar G., California
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Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
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Screaming when we win the lottery
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Florida
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to be a human is to reproduce to pass on our adaptations and mutations to future generations
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , Phoenix Arizona
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it means we are the superior beings on this giant planet.
ashlee righter
- ashlee righter, philadelphia
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Being curious about the universe, our creator and how we are formed billion years ago.
Curiosity
- Curiosity , Milky Way
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To be human you must be driven by ego instead of nature. To be human you must ask why. To be human you can never be satisfied.
Robert Dombroski
- Robert Dombroski, North Plainfield, NJ
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Being human means to be intelligent,happy,curious and to also to be kind.
Saketh Hegde
- Saketh Hegde, Freeport, Bahamas
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to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
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To be human is to live out our tiny span of days while holding the entire timeline of the Universe in our minds.
John
- John, Texas
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mean we can think , make sth, we are wonderful about every thing that is good perfect
samaneh
- samaneh, Iranian
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Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
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Being human means to be capable of adapting to environment faster then other species, using intellect rather then pure genetics.
Isabel Kireeff
- Isabel Kireeff , São Paulo, Brazil
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To have the responsability to protect the planet and to make a more enjoyable life to all
Hector Rubio
- Hector Rubio , Chihuahua, Mexico
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To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
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To spread Gods word and to live and love
Joshua Reddy
- Joshua Reddy , South Africa
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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