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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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Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
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Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
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To be able to coexist with each other like no other species does and to be able to create things that test the limits
Travis
- Travis, Hawaii
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We are here to give life meaning
Pedro
- Pedro, Fort Collins,CO
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Humans are a unique species that are capable of feel emotions, believe in something, create complex things and have the freedom of choice.
Luis
- Luis, South Carolina
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It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
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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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To be human is to walk upright, to have a brain that can process complex information, and be able to create tools that help you survive
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Denver Colorado
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being alive
Anon
- Anon, New York
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To be human is to be able to understand that your existence on this earth is limited. Our intelligence is unique.
Beverly
- Beverly, Orlando FL
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To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
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we try to understand the world we live in and question who we are and how we got here.
jane
- jane, new jersey
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To lust.
Kelsey Meyer
- Kelsey Meyer, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
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A human is an inhabitant of the earth who brings life, is a homo sapien, and treats everything fairly.
Demosthenes
- Demosthenes, USA
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To be human means to be gifted with the freedom of thought but also burdened with the responsibility of choice.
Lucas
- Lucas, Portland, OR
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To have an incredibly large number of choices about our actions, from intentional cruelty of the most extreme degree to transcendence.
Deborah
- Deborah, Minnesota
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The ability to not only feel joy, love and empathy, but want and need to share such abilities with other humans.To share happiness.
Human
- Human, Milky Way Galaxy
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To be human is to look up, wondering why. Is to have no answer about many things, and keep asking. Is to keep searching, never knowing what.
Vitor Dantas
- Vitor Dantas, Salvador, Earth.
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Being human means to always comprehend what is going on in everyday life, to express one's interests, and to ask "why" frequently.
Jenna
- Jenna, illinois
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At the risk of sounding really glib. One thing it means to be human is to ask the question what does it mean to be human.
Richard
- Richard, Davies
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to be human is to be original and want to do thing that your might be judged for
Sophie
- Sophie , Johannesburg
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To be human is to experience everything that life has to offer and to explore, create and expand the world that has been given to us.
Hanz
- Hanz, Canada
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to have an imagination unlike the Neanderthals who had no need in the cold climate during the ice age
jon
- jon, Albert Lea, MN
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To be able to think and plan ahead for the future. To not be held back by simple instinct.
Jonathan Zackariah Moore
- Jonathan Zackariah Moore, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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Human’s feel a variety of emotions that shape who they are and allow the have different experiences. To be human is to feel.
Lauren
- Lauren, Louisville, KY
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To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
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To walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
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It means that you are an organism who has feelings and can love and be loved peace
Olivia
- Olivia, California
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Humans are helpful creatures and this can be seen in THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS,many religious creation stories
Alfred XII
- Alfred XII, Kyrgyzstan
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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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In order to be a human one must feel a variety of emotions, have flaws, and have a desire to grow.
Allison
- Allison, Oregon
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Humans are aware that we aware we can think or in other terms we aware of our ontological self.
Baka
- Baka, Otaku land
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being a human is being kind to others and treat everyone else with respect if you want to be respect by others.
Minh
- Minh , California,USA
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To have a moral sense of right and wrong, a sense of perspective and emotions, and a sense of rationale.
Ashlyn
- Ashlyn, South Carolina
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Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
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Being human means experiences
BEING HUMAN : Having An almost infinite , astounding amount of experiences to choose from.
Michelle Parsley
- Michelle Parsley, Nashville tennessee
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Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
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To be human is to make an impact.
Selam Amanuel
- Selam Amanuel, D.C.
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Only to think we are. It is only a name made. Anything could have the same label.
Gary
- Gary, AR
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The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
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