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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 search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
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The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
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To be put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
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It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
Brian K
- Brian K, Maryland
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To be a human means that we have all been sent for a reason. From changing something to make your life a lot better to changing the world.
Orlando Cardenas jr
- Orlando Cardenas jr, Portland, Oregon
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Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
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to be blinded by your own self importance as a species, you risk distruction of the ecosystem, for short term greed based motives
kevin
- kevin, kansas
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It is our reason to be driven by our will to live. Being free is part of being human. Never giving up is one of our many impeccable traits.
Nora
- Nora, Canada
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I think that what it means to be human is having the ability to choose your own path in life and expressing yourself through feelings.
Kendra Lowe
- Kendra Lowe, Washington, D.C
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Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
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We have the ability to make- beer! No other species can do that. *cheers*
Eureka
- Eureka, Malaysia
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To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
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To be human means to act irrationally and blame it on anything or anyone other than ourselves.
Chris
- Chris, Carbondale, IL
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I hope, one day smarter than now...!
Alexis
- Alexis, Belgium
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To be human means to have intelligence and faith in yourself and others
Alizet
- Alizet, Sprinfield,MA
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To be human is to be imperfect in an otherwise perfect world.
Rose
- Rose, Maine
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To be Human, is to be conscious of a self, aware he is conscious and wonder about it and wants to know what it is
Balasubramanian
- Balasubramanian, India
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to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
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Being human means to be imperfect and learn from our mistakes.
Name
- Name, Location
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Humanity is an emergent property. Being human is not unique to Homo sapiens and being a Homo sapiens does not make you human.
Michael John Greene
- Michael John Greene, Tucson, Arizona, USA
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it means being selfish
oscar
- oscar, Spain
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An animal that adapted and evolved for millions of years.
Nizar Zgheib
- Nizar Zgheib, Lebanon
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Being Human is about the learning of intellect, and evolving our intelligence
Sarah Woodin
- Sarah Woodin, Woodbridge, Va
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We can be better than what we are all living.
Kanani
- Kanani , Chicago,Il.
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To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
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To be human is to ask the question, "What does it mean to be human?"
Alex
- Alex, Storrs, CT
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die
miguel
- miguel, arvin
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Living life to the fullest.
@pohsitive on Instagram
- @pohsitive on Instagram , USA
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To be human means to innovate and change the world. Humans are constantly changing and making new tools which rivaled other animals.
JWLB
- JWLB, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
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to be able to change the future
jeff coe
- jeff coe, arlington va.
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being human is to imagine, to be able to create an idea from nothing, unlike any other animal. being human is being able to create.
adam ruyten
- adam ruyten, ravenna ohio
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Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
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To be human is to strive for knowledge; whether that knowledge be from our own past or for future endeavors.
Joel Housheolder
- Joel Housheolder, Wayne, Nebraska
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to be naive, to make mistake, to be imperfect but to learn from your mistakes and grow your mind set to be perfect.
yeng lor
- yeng lor, arvada, colorado
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Unique from anything else in the world. No two humans are alike. We have the intelligence to know we were created by God.
David
- David, Dallas, Texas
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dunno eh
Kile
- Kile, Michigan
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To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
sgreco
- sgreco, earth
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to create and destroy stuff
Seymour Heinee
- Seymour Heinee, Your Butt
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to be a human and what makes u unique from everything else is that we can do things ourselves.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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