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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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Respecting the diverse cultures that we each come from.
Kimberly
- Kimberly, Wright
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To shape the world around us.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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To err is human. Just kidding. A real human is animalistic, and anything better is not human, but a person regardless of species.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Alaska
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It means we have self awareness at a greater level than any other being.
m
- m, new jersey
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Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
Walking upright, making & using tools, the use of fire, language & symbolic thinking, art & use of jewellery, barter & trade
Andy Bryson
- Andy Bryson, South Africa
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Being a human means serving God and no one else.
Jessica
- Jessica, London
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it means to love one another
wazzup
- wazzup, u.s. vermont
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To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To gain more complex balances
Wu Chen
- Wu Chen, China
0
being human means being able of questioning about my own origin and my own impermanence
marcos giusti
- marcos giusti, montevideo
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To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
It means having the ability to ask this sort of questions.
N.
- N., Gothenburg, Sweden
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What it means to me, is that you love, you fall, you get back up, and you push through. The human race is filled with items.
#invinciblenick
- #invinciblenick, Australia
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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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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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it means to be an evolution of animals and as we evolved we improved and improved and are smart
Liam
- Liam, Einfield
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To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
To see in other people, thoughts and feeling just like our own.
Cole
- Cole, Abilene, TX
5
To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
To be human is to posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5