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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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Being human involves an inherent sense of self that no other animal could hope to replicate.
Luke
- Luke, Pennsylvania
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To be one more piece, more of the light in the darkness to be walked on or soar to improve perfection
Rhys
- Rhys , Alberta
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to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
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To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
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To develop, the way we understand and build things like relationship with friends.
Jazlynn
- Jazlynn, Waianae,Hi
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I think being human is to be curious. In the past and in the presents humans have always wanted to learn and find out more.
Greg Andrews
- Greg Andrews, Australia
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the ability to take care of oneself and to be able to take care of the living things (inculdes enviroment) around them
vanessa
- vanessa, Hawaii
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We can make our ideas become reality.
Leasa
- Leasa, Vineland, NJ
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What I think being human means is helping others, not think only for yourself but for the good of others as well.
Zach
- Zach , Camarillo CA
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Flawed. Destructive. Creative. Self-Aware. Self-Concious. Dumb. Smart. Good. Bad. Self-important and self-demeaning. Lost. Confused
Kelly
- Kelly, Ohio
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It means that we have been made higher than the animals, given breath and special abilities to thrive.
Leah
- Leah, NC
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Walk on two legs, talk, be social, being involved, not being hunted.
Shawn
- Shawn, Colorado
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to make the present into the future
james ancheta
- james ancheta, saanich
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To be able to communicate, make choices, and evolve with your natural environment, and co-exist with each other.
Ann Marsh
- Ann Marsh, Redding, CA
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A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in Parallel fashion, constantly causing destruction.
Shrek
- Shrek, Australia
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Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
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To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
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The meaning to be human is you're a part of the most populated species
charles
- charles, Saanich
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It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
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I think being human means being an individual and not having someone like you. Unique, is another word I would use to describe being human.
Dalila Solorio
- Dalila Solorio, Lake Elsinore , California
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We teach; we can take anothers' perspective; and we not only perceive relationships between things, we invent them.
Davy Neyder
- Davy Neyder, Toronto
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To be loved, to love, experience, make mistakes, and to prevail, despite our shortcomings.
Savannah
- Savannah, Coronado, CA
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Being human is the definition of impossible
Insane
- Insane, Galaxy
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Being human means that each person is created in the image of God. This idea is central to everything in life.
Rich
- Rich, USA
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Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
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To be able to lick 567 lemons in under 6 minutes
Tom Giles
- Tom Giles, England
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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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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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It is to struggle between the spirit and the flesh. To desire to follow God while feeling the tug of the pleasures of the world.
Darcy
- Darcy, Greenville, South Carolina
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To contribute to our world and to the lives of others in a helpful way, and making decisions as to how to accomplish that task.
Zach
- Zach, Green Hill Zone, Mobius
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Its ur lord and savior, bill cosby
We need to be different and express our feelings in someway. We learn and adapt form our mistakes and have to go through different stages.
Ancient Greece Architecture
- Ancient Greece Architecture, South Africa
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The ability to ask questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"
Jim Dew
- Jim Dew, Madison, WI
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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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ability to think and rethink and extrapolate the result of an action in different situations.
pradyot Kr. Biswas
- pradyot Kr. Biswas, Kolkata,India
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Being a human is very much of an advantage. We have technology than can teach us new things, we have thumbs than can help us hold things.
Richie
- Richie , Castro Valley, CA
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We humans have something wonderful, our “intelligence” that demands big responsibilities, respect and appreciation for the cosmos "life".
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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I believe humans can do anything that seemed impossible.
Jimin
- Jimin, Chennai India
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To be able to remember the past and to imagine the future.
Adriana Calejo
- Adriana Calejo, Miami, FL
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To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
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Innate Knowledge Each living genus have their own species specific Innate Knowledge genetically programmed for survival.
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- dellerman9090@live.com, Columbia, Missouri USA
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