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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 be human is to embrace your complexity, your mysteriousness, and to fulfill everything you wish on your own. It is to love and be loved.
Marlee
- Marlee, Coronado
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Science has helped humans to grow and prosper but at a very high and unaffordable cost of the environment which will destroy us one day
Brian Dsouza
- Brian Dsouza, Goa
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Being able to understand why I have the instincts I do and reject those which are unhelpful.
Helen
- Helen, London
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to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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be conscious of himself and that others of his race are equally self-aware, the course of time, and able to understand cause-consequence.
Jorge Padilha
- Jorge Padilha, São José dos Campos - Brasil
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COEXISTENCE NATURALISM VIA BEHAVIORAL ADEQUATENESS VIA COGNITIVE DECISIVENESS FROM PERCEPTIONAL PROCESSES OF SURROUNDINGS.
Jeremy Lee Gray
- Jeremy Lee Gray, Anthem, Arizona, U.S.A.
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To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
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I think that the human created by God. It means that human is God's creature.
Jung
- Jung, South Korea
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
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to have the will to survive and adapt, unlike any other species on this planet.
Jordan Whitney
- Jordan Whitney, Ames, Iowa
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Being human means learning new things in life, understanding your feelings, other people feelings, and what you want to do in life.
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
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It means that you respect and treat everything the same way you treat everything the same as you would any other human being.
Justin
- Justin, South Africa
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To live not just survive.
Tom Hamilton
- Tom Hamilton, UK
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being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
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It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
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The creature called Man is at the zenith of essence of existence as the dominant life form on Earth. No copier exists.
Stephen Brodie
- Stephen Brodie, Huyton near Liverpool
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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
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To be human is to eat the best pork sandwich ever and simultaneously watch something on Netflix.
Lily
- Lily, Chicago, IL
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To take in air, and breath out change, and to interact and require main nessecities.
Lolo
- Lolo, NC
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The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
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To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
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Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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Mark Twain wrote that humans are the only animals that blush.
Kevin Horn
- Kevin Horn, Easton, PA
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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
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Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
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It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
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To imagine scenarios outside of our experience and act to make them reality.
Ryan
- Ryan, Virginia
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To be able to use past experiences (ours, our cadre, and forebearers) to determine our actions beyond instictive responses.
Pete
- Pete , VA
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Being human means the ability to be empathetic, yet not understand each other at all.
Katy
- Katy, California
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to share and to take care of one another.
lena
- lena , location
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We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
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To be human is to survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
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To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
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To love and create.
Alex Gutierrez
- Alex Gutierrez, Newburgh
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to do good and evil deeds.
helis
- helis, ca
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Having the cognitive abilities to effectively problem solve, design, and create, to keep pushing the envelope further and further.
Ivan
- Ivan, Tivoli, New York
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To love. God first, others second, self last. John 3:16.
David
- David , Maryland
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