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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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it means that your here to find your faith or challenge
angela
- angela, Rhode Island
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to learn by making mistakes due to emotions and in some ocassions repeating them, until you get it right.
david constable v.
- david constable v. , Panama city, Panama
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Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
5
2 b the smartest most sophisticated species yet the dumbest & most savage. Our ego & belief of our superiority will be our downfall
Jen
- Jen, Santa Clarita
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to be humanist atheist rational, o love all beings
Loay Ashry
- Loay Ashry, Egypt
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Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
Humans have long communicated through language, and invented tools that have enabled our species to survive and thrive.
Janet Arredondo
- Janet Arredondo, Jeffersonville INy
1
Human means to advance and expand. Always exploring and looking for a purpose.
Emanuel
- Emanuel , Tulsa
0
To love one another & what the earth has to offer for us to make the most of our lives while we are alive...
johnny Picht
- johnny Picht, rockville
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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It means that " we (The owner of the hand mark & his society) are living here".
SAJI.P.M
- SAJI.P.M, INDIA
0
Being human is much more than survive, is the need to understand, learn and create.
Axel Vargas
- Axel Vargas, Mexico
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To be able to walk on two legs, and to talk.
christian
- christian, lewiston maine
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To be human is to seek a deeper meaning and emotion we do and see no matter how ordinary or complex it may be.
Immy
- Immy, London
0
To be human means to be humane.
Uday Shah
- Uday Shah, Germany
1
Caretakers of our own species as well as ALL other species. Let's not forget the Earth too.
Triste
- Triste, SG
0
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
by encompassing as much as possible to the fullest of your potential while ensuring the positive growth of the world around you .
arnaldo del rio
- arnaldo del rio , madrid
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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
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To be human is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
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
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5