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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 lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
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I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
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To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
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To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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We all came from ancestors but thru out time we have developed diferences in our DNA, yet we are all still so much a like.
Cielo
- Cielo, Woodburn, OR
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To be human means to communicate and be social. It also means having your own way of being unique and gathering with other people.
MGEC
- MGEC, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To experience life in joy by loving others, being patient, kind, gentle, doing good deeds, keeping peace, and controlling one self.
Ellie
- Ellie, PA
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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 understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
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To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
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Being created in the image of God, having an eternal soul and the ability to have a relationship with the Creator of the universe!
Chelsea
- Chelsea, Los Angeles
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Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
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to show that brains can conquer brawn.
Brad
- Brad, Illinois
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To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
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exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
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To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
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Human means to be able to get money everday
deleon
- deleon, carpentersville
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To be human is to love and hate, to be empathetic and ignorant, and to live rationally and irrationally.
Kevin Danchisko
- Kevin Danchisko, Unknown
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To be human is different from being a person, being human is based on the shared and differing anatomical characteristics.
AnthroArch
- AnthroArch, Brighton
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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 be human is to have the ability to reason...
Young Jimmithin
- Young Jimmithin, Auburn IN
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Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
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ben
- ben, f
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Depends what human means. Homo Sapiens? Genetics. Person? Harder -abilities & behavior. Won't really know til we see non-HS person - not yet
jjmcgaffey
- jjmcgaffey, Alameda, CA
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To comprehend time as a linear progression, the basis for understanding the value of memory and its importance in planning for the future.
Walter Koch
- Walter Koch, Earlysville, Virginia
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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
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We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
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To look at the cosmos and wonder what is out there/
De'Adrian
- De'Adrian, Virginia
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Our unlimited curiosity beyond what we need next. Our ability to wonder where we came from and why are we here? Our articulate language
Maeve
- Maeve, Pennsylvania
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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Being human is to love and be loved. It is the ability to feel compassion for all living things and to act in their best interest.
Jan Aubrey
- Jan Aubrey, Milwaukee
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A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
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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
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To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
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To learn new things, to know and help more people, to appreciate the experience
Hamza
- Hamza, Morocco
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The skill to surpass anything in our way using our minds.
Rhett Torralba
- Rhett Torralba, St. Louis, Missouri
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to still be animal, but stand out among them.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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Humans have a desire to make meaning out of life, an urge that probably doesn't preoccupy other animals.
Muriel
- Muriel, Durham, NC
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It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
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to learn different things in life until you die and fulfill dreams so you did every thing you wanted to.
Massimo
- Massimo, Sacred heart college
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