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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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For every human, life is a struggle to get better treatment in this rancorous planet. In the end strongest always prevails over the weakest.
Abdullah Chatha
- Abdullah Chatha, New York, USA
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How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
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Being human means that we are a highly specialized and evolved being capable of sharing culture through language.
Maddie
- Maddie, Austin, TX
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To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
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To question, To wonder, To share, To doubt ourselves, To ask what it means to be human
Carly L
- Carly L, Montana
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To be a being of God through an intelligent process which gives humans the ability to live and thrive.
Dr. Morcease J. Beasley
- Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, Covington, Georgia
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Cause are we human, or are we dancers. The sign is vital. My hands are cold. And im on my knees looking for the answers.
Tom
- Tom, Sheffield
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To be HUMAN comes at a cost - BE HUMANE! we need to be THE most responsible species around.
Dr. Poonam Upadhyaya
- Dr. Poonam Upadhyaya, Agra, India
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What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
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We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
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Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
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I think being human is the ability to feel emotions towards others, love is the strongest among these emotions.
Lisakhanya
- Lisakhanya, South Africa
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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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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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TO BE MAD T H I C C
Bob
- Bob, Colorado
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emulating the god spirit that dwells in all of us to show compassion for and respect the life in all people and animals.
Leenie
- Leenie, Peoria IL
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To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
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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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It means you are living and have purpose.
Kalyn
- Kalyn, New Hampshire
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To have the ability to act on something other than instinct and choosing to do so.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, California
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Being an expression of the totality of the universe.
Ena
- Ena, South Africa
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I hate people.
Jillian
- Jillian, Pensacola
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To be human is to be AWESOME!!!!!! for example MEEEEE
Eric Nakamoto
- Eric Nakamoto, Culver City, CAlifornia
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Being human means living, communicating with others, and expressing your ideas.
Ani Dzhigneyan
- Ani Dzhigneyan, High Tech LA
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To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
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To be human is to share in a quest for a rational understanding of our origins.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
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More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
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We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
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To be a human means to be able to understand. Understand your surroundings and what makes up who you are as a human.
Alisha
- Alisha , Coronado, Ca
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I think that being humans give us an ability that allows us to do a lot of things that our creatures can't and we take advantage of it.
Amaarah
- Amaarah , Sacred Heart College
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Bipedalism is the key factor that is associated with the characteristics of humans. Bipedalism means walking on two feet.
Student
- Student, School
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The ability to be good and kind excessively.
Rohan Roger
- Rohan Roger, Harvard University
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To live in a finite world and contemplate infinity.
Mark T
- Mark T, Worcester, MA
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Soon we'll become something else, as those before us.We share with the universe, expanding beyond our comprehension so dance & make music
Bo Svoronos
- Bo Svoronos, Melbourne, Australia
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power hungry struggle for knowledge quenched by the inevitable death
micheal jones
- micheal jones, brantford
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Being able to express yourself in more that 140 characters.
Wanemego
- Wanemego, Johnson
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the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
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To learn from mistakes, through discovered errors and thus follow laws.
Jeff
- Jeff, Sydney
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To have rational thoughts and choose to take deliberate actions based on rational thoughts as opposed to acting on instincts as animals do.
Neva
- Neva, Greenville, South Carolina
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