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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 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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Being human is the opportunity to be more and failing to do so.
Chris
- Chris, Idaho
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To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
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To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
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In my opinion, to be human is simply to be a humanoid form with a developed level of sapience. Nothing changes that.
Bailey
- Bailey, Angleton
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To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
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A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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To believe in right versus wrong, that is correct, but it does not mean that we, as humans, always do what is right.
Ashvini
- Ashvini, Illinois
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Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
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being a human is being a human
n/a
- n/a, n/a
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Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
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To be human means to have a specific bone structure, also to walk on 2 feet.I think it also means to have different languages, and emotions.
Moo Floyd
- Moo Floyd, Vermont
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Our evolution and adaption, our complex way of living. It makes us what we are and we’re all the same, yet we're all so different.
Denisse Nava
- Denisse Nava, High Tech LA
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Being human means loving yourself, people around you, nature and treat everyone with dignity-or do the best you can to accomplish that.
Simone
- Simone , Ecuador
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Two things come to mind: 1) Adaptability via technology and tools and 2) the ability to communicate and work together.
Steve
- Steve, Philadelphia
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Human is part of the beautiful nature, a animal that can think for others.
jeeyoon
- jeeyoon, Seoul, Korea.
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Walking, talking, thinking, and social being.
Bryan Plummer
- Bryan Plummer, ButLer, PA
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I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
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Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
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to have empathy, compassion and to take care of...all what is alive, to embrace what unites us,
Maria Dekeersmaeker
- Maria Dekeersmaeker, Belgium
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Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions
Ansar
- Ansar, Woodburn
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To feel and be aware of our own self consciousness
Jesse
- Jesse, Canada
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Having the capability to think rationally and share feelings with other humans
Mary Frank
- Mary Frank, Richland College
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Humans evolve and change to adapt to surrounding their environment. Humans use tools to help survive in their environment.
Wolfgang
- Wolfgang, America
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Being Human means being able to express oneself individually, to strive to better ourselves and our world.
Cody
- Cody, Astoria, Oregon
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To cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
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...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
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To be stupid and selfish
Big gay
- Big gay, Gay world
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Imagination
Mematron
- Mematron, New York
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To be a human it means to have the ability to communicate and influence things in your environment
Jake
- Jake, KY
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Being human is to do what a normal human would do. If you were born a human you are the same with different features.
Jason
- Jason, Johannesburg
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To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
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Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
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To make choices
James
- James, Alaska
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smart ,dominate, to, speak, advandce, different, body ,structers, less, hairy, religious
Justin Marshall
- Justin Marshall, springfield renaissance school
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to be created in the image of The Creator God, Jehovah. He has breathed us all into life and caused us to be alive to honor and glorify Him.
Nate
- Nate, USA
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Being human is knowing you have the ability to do anything you want, but use reason to restrain ourselves.
Michael
- Michael , Boston
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The capacity for empathy
Georga Query
- Georga Query, Iowa
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To question our life as we know it.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Undisclosed
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The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
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