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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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Humans have acquired a sense of awareness; we are guided by a conscience; and we retain knowledge throughout life. It’s a great opportunity.
ASHLEY
- ASHLEY, TX
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To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
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At the risk of sounding really glib. One thing it means to be human is to ask the question what does it mean to be human.
Richard
- Richard, Davies
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To use social skills, be able to use our brain for complex uses, and creating, and/or using tools for a better and easier human life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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It means asking the question, "What does it mean to be human"
Martin Heidegger
- Martin Heidegger, Germany
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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 human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
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To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
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To be part of an intelligent species who self modifies evolution rules. Species makes robots to channel evolution to creative individuals.
Sheethal
- Sheethal, SD, CA
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To question
Stephan C
- Stephan C, Renton, Wa
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To be human is to be complex, beautiful, ecstatic, sad, and hopeful all at once.
bobbie Coverman
- bobbie Coverman, Austin, Texas
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To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
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To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
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To be human is to claim land that is from Earth as your own. We all share the Earth, no one owns it.
Eris
- Eris, Earth
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To be human is to be able to worship, to ask critical questions, to aspire.
Corrie
- Corrie , Minnesota
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To be human is to have greater intelligence than our ancestors that we study today
Jacqueline Xu
- Jacqueline Xu, Cupertino, CA
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Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Torrance
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To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
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To be human, is to think, explore, learn and develop your culture.
Ashley Johnson
- Ashley Johnson, Washington,DC
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To think independently and act upon
Joe
- Joe, Internet
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Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
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To see in other people, thoughts and feeling just like our own.
Cole
- Cole, Abilene, TX
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To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
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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 know that you will die...
haratsis
- haratsis, athens
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Thinking off the top of your head
To be human means to be instinctive, to not over-think a decision when you get a choice
Josh Goldberg
- Josh Goldberg, New York City
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To be human is to question.
David Masters
- David Masters, Kiev
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Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
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To be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
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Being human means having the ability to love.
Hannah
- Hannah, Atlanta, GA
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to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
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savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
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Being human is being bi-pedal,being able to think and communicate abstractly,adapting to surroundings and learning and making new things.
Mrs. McPhee's Class C
- Mrs. McPhee's Class C, Litchfield Middle School
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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To have such a diverse population. Humans don't all speak the same language, don't always see eye to eye. We're destructive sometimes.
Alydia
- Alydia, Iqualuit, Nunavut
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What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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To create and destroy
Paul
- Paul, Houston
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Language as a frame work for our thoughts, dexterity for making tools and bipedalism.
Paul Hsieh
- Paul Hsieh, California
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To make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
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