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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 is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
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as the third smartest spcies on the planet (preceded by dolphins and mice) we have a responsibility to not kill ourselves and others
Griffin
- Griffin, Canada
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Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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is someone that is able to adapt to an environment and able to survive and be able to do higher thinking
Anna
- Anna, Los Angeles
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I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
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By nature w are created in God's image, this is evidenced by that we are rational free beings unlike all other animals in the world
Mike McKinstry
- Mike McKinstry, England
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Depends what human means. Homo Sapiens? Genetics. Person? Harder -abilities & behavior. Won't really know til we see non-HS person - not yet
jjmcgaffey
- jjmcgaffey, Alameda, CA
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LISTENS TO LIMP BIZKIT ONCE
Freed Durrt
- Freed Durrt, Skeatrle
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To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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To be human is to have a free will and emotions. Humans seek for something higher and greater that will give endless joy.
Alyssa
- Alyssa, South Carolina
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to be able to learn and think, be a homo sapiens, and to be created in the image of God
Stella
- Stella, New York
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To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
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To be human is to walk up right to speak and have a larger brain than early man.
Jacqueline Clark-Harris
- Jacqueline Clark-Harris, Springfiled Renaissance school MA
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Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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to be able to change not only our future but of others for better or worse.
Gerardo
- Gerardo, N.C
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To be a concisous animal, understanding its ability to reason and rationalze.
shawn
- shawn, toledo, oh
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To be human is to know that we are capable of destroying and at the same time create. To feel everything that we do.
Sebastian
- Sebastian, Poções, Brazil
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To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
Dion
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
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To be human is to make an impact.
Selam Amanuel
- Selam Amanuel, D.C.
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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To be human is to own your humanity. Our ancestors didn't struggle to make sure our species survived just to have us destroy our planet.
Ethel Arauz
- Ethel Arauz, Fayetteville, NC
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power hungry struggle for knowledge quenched by the inevitable death
micheal jones
- micheal jones, brantford
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To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
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It means to have knowledge and a choice
Jose
- Jose, Berlin, Germany
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at least in part it means being able to ponder what it means to be human!
Sis
- Sis, Ladoga
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To be human gives us the opportunity to practise humanity. And the freedom to stuff it up.
Pixelwarrior
- Pixelwarrior, Tasmania, Australia
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To have rational thoughts and choose to take deliberate actions based on rational thoughts as opposed to acting on instincts as animals do.
Neva
- Neva, Greenville, South Carolina
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To be a human is to have working organisms
Jez
- Jez, Whitehorse
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Relationships that go beyond the need to survive.
Wayne Groner
- Wayne Groner, Battlefield, Missouri
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To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
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To live and be productive
Hingle Mcringleberrry
- Hingle Mcringleberrry, school
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It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
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Humans are able to create ideas to advance themselves, use reason to come to a decision, and be conscious of the society around them.
David
- David, Portland, OR
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To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
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Screaming into the void
Mossy
- Mossy, Northern Virginia
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Experiencing life in a way that allows us to create culture and adapt our environment to .our needs.
Daniel F. Giallombardo
- Daniel F. Giallombardo, Harvard, IL
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to learn from the past, live the present and dream for the future
Emma
- Emma , Mauritius
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To be self-aware; to be aware of one's impending death; to worship a being greater than self.
Donna
- Donna, Murfreesboro, TN
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Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
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Evolution of Complex Culture and biology in correlation to Temporal and Environmental factours
Ben
- Ben, Massachusetts
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