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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 not be entirely influenced by instinctual emotions, but also by the light of reason.
John
- John, GA
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To be human gives us the opportunity to practise humanity. And the freedom to stuff it up.
Pixelwarrior
- Pixelwarrior, Tasmania, Australia
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Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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I think that to be human means that we are made in God's image and that we are alive through Him.
Madilyne Williams
- Madilyne Williams , Omaha, NE
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<--- Me as a Homo floresiensis
To wonder what we would have looked like 95,000 to 17,000 years ago.
Christina
- Christina , Chicago, IL
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To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
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Walking upright, making & using tools, the use of fire, language & symbolic thinking, art & use of jewellery, barter & trade
Andy Bryson
- Andy Bryson, South Africa
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To be human is to have the power to devastate and deplete our resources but also the power to choose to care and conserve instead
Casandra
- Casandra, Chicago
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Our ability to live and let others live ultimately makes us humans.
Dario
- Dario, Sunnyside, New York
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To be spiritually uncorrect!!!
Mikicen61
- Mikicen61, Italy
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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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To be human is to have brains capable of more than fight or flight.
Maya Kapelus
- Maya Kapelus , Johannesburg, South Africa
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To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
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Being human means you have a soul.
Ally
- Ally, Indiana
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capacity of opposing the thumb to any other digit of same hand
Mario Blanco
- Mario Blanco, west palm beach,florida
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Human is an animal endowed with reason and creativity and speech and the ability to use these gifts responsibly.
Emily K.
- Emily K., Michigan
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Being human means that you interact with your friends and family
Kyle Naidoo
- Kyle Naidoo, Johannesburg
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Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
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Plan for the future; consider abstract thoughts; empathize. Have & share spiritual beliefs. Organize goals and reflect.
slugs
- slugs, Palmdale, CA
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Human is who can think, act, and develop. It can be told in a physical sense and a psychological sense.
Yeelim
- Yeelim, S. Korea
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Being Human is that we are Made in the Image of God. It is our common heritage no matter how old the universe or earth or life on earth is.
Rich Henkle
- Rich Henkle, Medellin, Colombia
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With are brains we con think and make the world better
Dylan & Dennis
- Dylan & Dennis, Bristol, Wisconsin
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To be Human is to constantly seek meaning in the world around us, and trying to understand our purpose in this universe.
Katelin
- Katelin, CA, USA
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equality
To be Human is to have no limits and the potential to do anything, because of this we have good history and the hope of a great future.
Eldon Dahlin
- Eldon Dahlin, Oakland CA
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To be burdened and blessed with consciousness. Torn between reason and instinct, fear and hope.
Richard
- Richard , Sussex UK
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To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
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You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
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ability to: infer, moral decisions distinguish btwn. moral action, choice, spiritual nature, persuasive communication, creative
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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It is our identity as a species and defines our uniqueness as individuals compared to other species.
Callum Richardson.
- Callum Richardson., Burnley, Lancashire.
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To have every characteristics discerning human from any other species close or far different from humans.
Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo
- Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo, Nigeria
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Habitual Bipedalism
Nathan
- Nathan, Washington State
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It means that we will be replaced by more intelligent beings
Some1
- Some1, Netherlands
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To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
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To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
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Humans wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
Lon Brouse
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
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Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmone
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To be a species who holds some of the greatest prejudice against their own kind, but has some of the greatest capacity for love ever seen.
Samantha Smith
- Samantha Smith, Alburtis, Pennsylvania
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It means to live your life the way you want to, so long as you don't violate the life, liberty, or property of someone else.
Joko
- Joko, San Diego
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to empathize and plan ahead.
Naresh Sehgal
- Naresh Sehgal, Santa Clara, CA
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