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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 means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
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Living on the knife edge between the ancient biological forces that shaped us and the modern social & cultural forces that oppose them.
Scott
- Scott, Summerville, SC
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Being human is above all a social condition. Our knowledge, collaboration, and competition has distinguished us as human.
Giselle
- Giselle, Portland, OR
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Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
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To be human is to realize that the world, the universe is much much bigger than whats around you. To use imagination and to think.
Gavin Alward
- Gavin Alward, Port Angeles, Washington
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To be human is to be able to control your actions and desires to yearn certain things.
Sha'Lynn Howard
- Sha'Lynn Howard, springfield, Massachusetts
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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Judging by our history so far, and by how well we think of ourselves, rather than "Homo Sapiens" I think we are "Homo Egoisticus."
Christine Demarais
- Christine Demarais, Burlington, Vermont
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To be human means to know the heart of the matter.
Stephanie Lewis
- Stephanie Lewis, Whitsett, NC
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To reach out to one another and to take comfort in sharing companionship and love.
Suzie Hale
- Suzie Hale, Utah
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To be organized and inventive, to speak our ideas, to pray to our creator
Steve Taikowski
- Steve Taikowski, Orlando, Florida
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To believe in right versus wrong, that is correct, but it does not mean that we, as humans, always do what is right.
Ashvini
- Ashvini, Illinois
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being human is to live and learn and love why you can
janae long
- janae long, 38301
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To ponder the humans who came before and will come in the future.
Matt
- Matt, Arizona USA
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We create tools for different uses, are social, can communicate, record, and express our thoughts and ideas with language and symbols.
Allison
- Allison, HTLA High School, California
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To be human is to question everything and strive for the answers no matter the cost.
Aubrey C.
- Aubrey C., CA
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to be human means to be the way you are and the way you want to be and to play with the other sex.
bob
- bob, lolomt
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When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
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To be human is an experienced allowed by the ability to feel, reason, and act. Feelings prompt reasoning that prompts action.
Fabian Diaz
- Fabian Diaz, California
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To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
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i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
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To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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It is the ability to share who you think you are and what you have done with your friends and family.
Bruce Gangnath
- Bruce Gangnath, Fallbrook, Ca
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It means that we have been created in the image of God. We are not animals at all. We are as far from it as we can get.
Catherine
- Catherine, Alabama
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so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
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To be human it means you have the same genetic structure and makeup, and nothing else can change that.
Austin Hed
- Austin Hed, Portland, Or
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Being human is to be a highly evolved and diversified species, characterized by complex social lives and culture.
Morgan
- Morgan, North Carolina
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bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
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To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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To be human is to be able to change the world around as no other species can.
Kyle
- Kyle, Torrance
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To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
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to think
ahmef
- ahmef, uae
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Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
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To be human is to be yourself, enjoy life, and seek happiness
Alex
- Alex, United States
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To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
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To be made in the image of God and loved unconditionally
Eric
- Eric, Metz, France
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To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
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A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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to share knowledge no matter what that might be.
anon
- anon, theinterwebz
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To be human means You love another human because what You feel.
sims
- sims, brock middle school
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