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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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To be intelligent and curious enough to look for answers...and arrogant enough to think we know what the questions are.
Rodney Whitley
- Rodney Whitley, Opelika, Al.
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Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
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to know that God created us, each in his likeness. Genesis 1:26 "then God said let us make man in our own image."
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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Means loving Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the World.
Jason
- Jason, Valdes
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To argue the very reason why and how we are here. To question and search for oh so complex yet simple meaning of life itself.
Khalil J
- Khalil J, Portland,OR
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It mean to live your life and follow your dream and worship God because he is the only one who can help you archive your desires.
Mpho Mudau
- Mpho Mudau, Secred heart college
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That we ask this question
Mark Moverman
- Mark Moverman, Washington, DC
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Being human is to use our senses to the best of our abilities and to be able to record thoughts, history and ideas
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Maine
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mean we can think , make sth, we are wonderful about every thing that is good perfect
samaneh
- samaneh, Iranian
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It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
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To live and be productive
Hingle Mcringleberrry
- Hingle Mcringleberrry, school
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To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
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Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
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To know that I know, and yet to ask why.
Don Lovell
- Don Lovell, University of West Georgia
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tribal discussion
Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
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To be human is to take care of the individuals of our own species, be they the disabled, the elder, or the dead ones.
gas
- gas, Spain
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Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
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To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
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It means to be a sole survivor in a once different ecosystem of similar apes. It means we can face the monster at our door.
Samuel
- Samuel, Vancouver
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It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
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To be human is to feel, think and wonder. They feel empathy and love, loss and pain. Humans think things over and reason and wonder.
Mia
- Mia, Melbourne
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For scientist, they classify human as animals that is living on Earth and they are the animals that evolved from homo sapiens sapiens.
BananaKING
- BananaKING, India Chennai
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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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Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
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To be human is to have the abilities of compassion, reason, and coexisting with everything in nature.
Sharnae
- Sharnae, Duluth, MN
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It means having feelings and understand other people and other species on Earth.
Linda Johnson
- Linda Johnson, Mesquite Tx
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To love and to be loved
Natalie
- Natalie, California
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To adapt and overcome most circumstances.
Bill
- Bill, Vermont
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To possess a level of intelligence, morality, and creativity, similar to other humans.
Cameron
- Cameron, Georgia
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To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
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To use our minds and resources to make realizations on our own, not depending on others to make those for us. Kind of like smithsonite does
Mr Evans
- Mr Evans, Virginia
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To be conscious and aware of your surroundings. To have feelings.
Erin
- Erin, New York City
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Human can perform work that other anmals can't.They don't have the ability to talk. I'm proud of being a human.
Areeba Abid
- Areeba Abid, Pakistan
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To be HUMAN is to understand the intrinsic role, nature, music and art plays in the social evolution of the self !
Hilina Berhanu
- Hilina Berhanu, Europe
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Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
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i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
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To be human is to be comfortable in ones own skin. To seek perfection in someone or in yourself,is, to me, inhumane.
Tanya Kaseke
- Tanya Kaseke, Johannesburg, South Afric
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dressing up
Michelle
- Michelle, FortCollins
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Living with the insight of who we were and the hope of knowing that we aren't finished evolving yet.
D. Morgan
- D. Morgan, Crossville, Tennessee
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To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
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