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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 know where one comes from, to be mindful of the future, and ever aware of both in the present.
Brandon Watson
- Brandon Watson, Montgomery, Alabama
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Being a human is the key to survival, to speak your own language and to connect with other humans.
Rabia Mohammadi
- Rabia Mohammadi, Philadelphia, PA
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Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
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Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
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to have a conscience
dominique
- dominique , las vegas
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to know that you will die...
haratsis
- haratsis, athens
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Our individuality and our ability to express ourselves, is what separates us humans from any other species on this planet.
Chris
- Chris, Victoria, Australia
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The ability to ask this question and share my understaning with all of you.
jake
- jake, usa
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To learn, decide, love, and recreate so our offspring may do the same.
Kayelani
- Kayelani, California
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To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
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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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Art , is the answer.
hal9000
- hal9000, internet
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A human being looks like you; has some of the same features as you; has something in common with you.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
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To be human is to learn from your mistakes and to have individualism. Each person is unique in their own way and that means there human.
Ioana
- Ioana , Australia
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Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
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To be human means to believe in God.
Kathy
- Kathy, Alexandria
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To be driven to find love and meaning for yourself.
Corey Bither
- Corey Bither, Boston, MA
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To feel
Peter
- Peter, Lancaster
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It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
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To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
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To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
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To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
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To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5