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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 intelligent, and smart, and to make things for the benefit of others, and to help each other.
Elise
- Elise, Castro Valley CA
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To be human is to have a conscience that can collapse a reality out of an infinity possibilities at each instant of the lifetime.
Gerard
- Gerard, Venezuela
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Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
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Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
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near the end of a long line
Denis
- Denis, floreda
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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 it means to be able to communicate and connect with others, and also understand abstract ideas.
Mags
- Mags, New Jersey
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To be human means to live the human experience and feel. Being human means to live, laugh, weep, smile and so on.
Thabiso P. Holele
- Thabiso P. Holele, South Africa
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Humans are the only extant members of the subtribe hominina.
Trace
- Trace, Dallas
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God's Creation
Gayle
- Gayle, Virginia
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To be human is to constantly flip through chaos to find meaning in something, and revert back into chaos.
Avani Jain
- Avani Jain, India
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Being human is to be able to speak walk on two feet and do anything a regular animal can't do and be able to be and think freely.
Aedan
- Aedan, Rennaisance middle school
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Imagination
Mematron
- Mematron, New York
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Human is the most fragile organic species in the world
marcos
- marcos, paraguay
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compassion, curiosity, optimism, and the tendency to have anxiety, be diplomatic, have wonder, and want to leave a legacy
Alex
- Alex, Chico
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The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
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The part of a system regular to all bio in the globe
Parbat
- Parbat, Nepal
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Being human is awesome and i know the history have we became human and i know how we all got here.
Aldo
- Aldo, NJ
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It means that we will be replaced by more intelligent beings
Some1
- Some1, Netherlands
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To be human is being smart and we are more advanced then animals and have more skills then animal.
Rithik
- Rithik, Johannesburg
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To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
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We want to find meaning and purpose.
Alyssa
- Alyssa, Missouri
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To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
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Being human means that you have a living soul and are made in the image of God
Rebecca
- Rebecca, USA
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To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
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Using our skills and brain power to communicate with one another, to create newer, more efficient inventions and to love and be loved
Debora
- Debora, California
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To deal with the knowledge that someday we are going to die, and there is nothing we can do about it, and we know nothing of it.
Zachary
- Zachary, Sweet
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To be equally capable of the greatest love and deepest hatred, then strive for the former while taking pleasure in the latter.
A. Lien
- A. Lien, Earthish
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To glorify the creator of all living things.
JunKim
- JunKim, CA
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Cause are we human, or are we dancers. The sign is vital. My hands are cold. And im on my knees looking for the answers.
Tom
- Tom, Sheffield
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Capable of "rational" thinking and having a concept of "mind".
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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To be human is to be able to wonder at what it means to be human.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Minneapolis, MN
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To be human is to be classified under the Homo Sapian title bestowed upon the human species by taxonomists.
Bennett
- Bennett, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A
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To praise God, and to EAT FOOD
Sir Garfield J. Trump
- Sir Garfield J. Trump, Candyland
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We are all whatever we decide we are and we are each what we decide we are. Decide to be a miracle.
Jim
- Jim, Kitchener
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Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
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We have been through a lot in evolution but don't you think we took it to far
hando
- hando, london
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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Animal,emotion. Human,logic.Projection. Anthropomorphism.Cars,computers,robots. Arrogance.Prideinuselessness.Romanticize. Ignorance,death.
Icarus
- Icarus, The Labyrinth
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it mean to be living life to the fullest and never be messy
melvineshia williams
- melvineshia williams, web\sumner
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