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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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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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the only species able to sequence his own genome
Marrero
- Marrero, Brazil
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To reflect upon what it means to be human and share that with others via music, stories, poems, pictures, electrons, and Voyager spacecraft
JB Cassel
- JB Cassel, Richmond VA USA
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We can find our "humanity" not in our art and reason, but in what we do when the s%&t hits the fan and it's every man for himself.
Drew
- Drew, MT
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The ability to decide to control our emotions and reactions to stimulus or let them control us.
Bruce
- Bruce, Shenandoah Valley, VA
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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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to be smart
marie
- marie, springfield
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To be an animal that developed art
Andro
- Andro, Nekić
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it means that your here to find your faith or challenge
angela
- angela, Rhode Island
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It is the Great feeling of the nature which at last know itself.
Mohamed Abdallah
- Mohamed Abdallah, UK
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To be human means that you have more opportunities and are capable of more than any other living creature.
Haley W.
- Haley W., Portland Oregon
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To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
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As limited resources are available, I must fight, enslave, and control my fellow man before he does it to me.
Frank
- Frank , Middletown, NJ
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Humans make fire and cook food. Made all the difference in human evolution.
Glenn
- Glenn, San Diego
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to have language, culture, to be mammal, to be social, and to kill for other reason than for food
Miguel Rivera
- Miguel Rivera, rivera.miguelantonio787@gmail.com
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Being human means, having self control, profound intelligence, and being able to express one's self in a variety of ways.
Taylor Gaskins
- Taylor Gaskins, Washington, DC
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it means to eat, drink and work towards survival of your gene pool.
lynn
- lynn, winchester, va
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What makes us human is our individuality from everyone else, and out strive to get/be what we want.
jason
- jason, Astoria, Oregon
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I've got an unpopular (howbeit true) answer: to be human is to be made in the image of God.
Beth
- Beth, San Francisco, CA
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Our purpose is to share our knowledge of a living Creator. I can create therefore there must be a Creator.
Myrigga
- Myrigga , 77523
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Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
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it means to know exactly the limits in a society and community we live in. would behave as we wanted others to behave to us.(most of us)
ahmad ansari
- ahmad ansari, iran.arak
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It is the responsibility of humans to ensure the survival of our planet.
Adeline Smith
- Adeline Smith, LA, California
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To Be Human is to live a life of consciousness.
Duran Dior Sharp
- Duran Dior Sharp, Newport Beach, CA
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Diversifying natural evolution with environment to pro-create which prolongs chances to stages beyond spirituality and intelligence.
L. Ming Zhi
- L. Ming Zhi, Kuala lumpur
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To be human means to live the human experience and feel. Being human means to live, laugh, weep, smile and so on.
Thabiso P. Holele
- Thabiso P. Holele, South Africa
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To have the intelligence mixed with curiosity to destroy the need for religions.
Jordan Allen
- Jordan Allen, Lawrenceville, PA
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What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
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to live a life in search for answers and contentment whilst being prone to sickness,injury, accidents and eventually death.
Jessica
- Jessica, Australia
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The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
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to have swag
Peter C
- Peter C, Chicago
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To have a cultural identity that allows us to create an indiscriminate harmony that is a spoken and written and musical language
Matt
- Matt, George Mason University
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Being human means having complex emotions and thoughts and knowing how to express them.
Dylan
- Dylan, Belleville,Il
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i like being a human because you can run walk talk and eat nice food and sleep on a bed and have shelter.
elenoa
- elenoa, mangere, auckland
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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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to be a free man to discover to explore to care for all
s
- s, new york
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To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
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To be human is to love and hate, to be empathetic and ignorant, and to live rationally and irrationally.
Kevin Danchisko
- Kevin Danchisko, Unknown
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it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
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It means we have evolved into an animal that knows the earth is NOT the center of the universe, and the arrogance to believe that WE are.
John La
- John La, USA
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