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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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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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Being human means to have religous thought,such as burying dead.Humans have a very advanced language.Imagination is key to advancement.
SS Grade 7 Class Bob
- SS Grade 7 Class Bob, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
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To be human is to be evil and hide it under a blanket woven from undisputable justifications.
Clifford Smith
- Clifford Smith, New York
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It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
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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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The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
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To know that there is a future, actively seek change, have awareness of death and therefore invent gods and demons.
Adalberto Benavides
- Adalberto Benavides, Saltillo, Mexico
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To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
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To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
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To sing.
Colette
- Colette, Potomac, MD
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It is the ability to share who you think you are and what you have done with your friends and family.
Bruce Gangnath
- Bruce Gangnath, Fallbrook, Ca
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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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Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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Being human means we are created in the image of God and that we have a soul that can burn in hell or live forever with God in heaven.
Jared
- Jared, Greenville, SC
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Being a human means having thoughts and feelings that no one else can fathom understanding. And exploring the vast uncertainty.
Izzy
- Izzy , Golden High School
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Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
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To love and fall out of love, to judge others and be judged, to find joy and loose it, to smile and cry, to fail and seek redemption.
Alex
- Alex, Corona, California
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To make mistakes & make them into ideas, changing & impacting the world. It also means to adapt to the world & have locomotion.
JBRG
- JBRG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
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To learn about the world around us and be the caretaker of the Earth.
Alexandra Clement
- Alexandra Clement, Toronto, On
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
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Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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To be human means to believe, to share, to love . <3
To be human means to believe, to share, to love . <3
Vicky Anderson
- Vicky Anderson , Uptown
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The core difference for Humans is the ability to direct our own evolutionary path. Deciding our own path is what it means to be Human.
Trevor
- Trevor, Washington, DC
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To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
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what it means to be human is walking upright on 2 legs
dontae
- dontae, manhattan, new york
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Becoming a new "Creator" on the block. Maturity will be essential to future survival of life, and achieve cosmic evolutionary survival.
E.Lemarchands
- E.Lemarchands, International
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Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
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to know that you will die...
haratsis
- haratsis, athens
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To have identity and consciousness.
Valentine
- Valentine, DC
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To be human is not simply to exist and subsist, but to live and experience and interact with the world around you.
Carlos
- Carlos, Puerto Rico
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To be human means that you need food, and water to survive and that you are a living orgnanism
Ray
- Ray, Poudre
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to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
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The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
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Being Humans means that we use can use symbolic language and that we used collective learning to leave our homeland (Africa)
Jacob Montgomery
- Jacob Montgomery, Maine
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The Thinker
To live with a purpose, set apart by morals. Continually learning and revising information in the pursuit of bettering those around you.
Brad
- Brad, Greenville
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Having a conscience
Mary Miller
- Mary Miller, New York State
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logan paul is my hero
Owen Foutch
- Owen Foutch, Chicago
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Being human means that we have a very large brain size, and can help improve the world.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Philadelphia, PA
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