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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 smart enough to know what's going on around you, and intelligent enough to know how to make it better.
Tori
- Tori , Illinois
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To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
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Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
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To lust.
Kelsey Meyer
- Kelsey Meyer, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
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Hello I am Alexis I am sharing a computer with Olivia
Alexis/Olivia
- Alexis/Olivia, Pensacola Flordia
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to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
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To evolve and adapt to your surroundings, and making a better and easier life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
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To be human means experiencing war, famine, chaos, and disaster. Being human also means being able to overcome it all.
Rose Hogeweide
- Rose Hogeweide, Portland, Oregon
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To be human means to believe in God.
Kathy
- Kathy, Alexandria
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To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
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To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
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No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
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It means to make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and and not make those mistakes in the future.
That Person who's Always There
- That Person who's Always There, Just Look Around
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It means to be creative.
Bader
- Bader, Australia
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Being human means I have bones which could be used as fossils but instead you won't get them because my plans are to be cremated.
Papa Cat
- Papa Cat, USA
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To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
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It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
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It means to be different.
Billy
- Billy, Illinois
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To presume to have free will.
William K. Boone
- William K. Boone, Mexico City
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I think it means to develop further and evolve on an intellectual and spiritual level and as we evolve our technology will improve as well.
Ila Naidoo
- Ila Naidoo, Sacred Heart College , Observatory
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To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
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taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
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To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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The answer has changed over time. Ages ago it meant to bury our dead, or to use art. Now it means to be able to answer this question.
Jonathan Abbatt
- Jonathan Abbatt, Ceiriog Valley, Wales
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is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
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Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
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Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
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A human goes thru many things in life in which they learn to be stronger.
Mayra Mendoza
- Mayra Mendoza, Roosevelt high, Portland OR
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To be human is to claim land that is from Earth as your own. We all share the Earth, no one owns it.
Eris
- Eris, Earth
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Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
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It means being the topdogs in the foodchain
Dirk
- Dirk, Australia
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Being human is to live a massive paradox. Our abilities at reasoning are eclipsed only by our abilities at self-deception and hubris.
Gary
- Gary, Madison, WI
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To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
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To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
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To be human is to think and be aware of your thinking process. To be human is to respond and to calculate your responses.
Viqar. H
- Viqar. H, New York
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To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Crosby
- Angus Crosby, Hong Kong
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving Universe.
Trisha Freiermuth
- Trisha Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL
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to have feelings and be very curios.
ionescu
- ionescu, romania
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