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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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Humans are able to create ideas to advance themselves, use reason to come to a decision, and be conscious of the society around them.
David
- David, Portland, OR
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To be a Human is to be the result of a 4 billion year evolutionary battle and being the descendant of an unbroken chain of winners.
Arham Ghauri
- Arham Ghauri, Illionois
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Means loving Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the World.
Jason
- Jason, Valdes
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There are many ways to be human. Their stone tools help us build cities, and communities.
Isaiah
- Isaiah, Arizona
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Means to be humble and accept the fact that we are not perfect and we depend on all living things to survive.
Austin P
- Austin P, Roosevelt HS Portland
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Ser Humano significa SER ESPIRTUAL viviendo una experiencia HUMANA (Be Human means Be Spiritual living a Human experience)
Felipe Bobadilla
- Felipe Bobadilla, Chile
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to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
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To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
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To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
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It means to be able to create questions like the one we are trying to response right now
Marco Aurelio
- Marco Aurelio, Brazil
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You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
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To be human is to know right and wrong, to bend the environment to our needs for tools, and to feel emotions.
Autumn
- Autumn, Belleville East High School
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the only species able to sequence his own genome
Marrero
- Marrero, Brazil
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To be human means to love, think, believe, explore, feel, and express feelings.
Kristina Brown
- Kristina Brown, Sylmar, California
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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 have the ability to complain.
Wort
- Wort, Rockville, Maryland
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Humans are the only animal in the world that fear death and can imagine.
Barry Morris
- Barry Morris, Corpus Christi
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To be human means to be created in the image of God with a body, soul, and spirit with emotions, morals, and the ability to reason
Becca
- Becca, SC
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To be human, you have all the characteristics of a human, we are the top of the food chain
Jim
- Jim, Alaska
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Knowing we are mortal. We are uniquely self aware
Erin
- Erin, Oregon
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we exist only because of luck. Our origins are still unknown and can't be proven. As with all life. I don't know what it means to be human?
David Aubry
- David Aubry, Mission Texas
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To be able to share the life, feel love!
Estefania
- Estefania, MEXICO
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Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
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To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
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TO understand we are not alone. To share this planet.
Sabaa
- Sabaa, Tanzania
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To have the ability to transcend our basic needs and feel for others in selfless manners and act on those motives: love.
Jonathan Hall
- Jonathan Hall, Chicago, Illinois
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To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
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It´s means that we have the hability of collective learning
GenaroBar
- GenaroBar, México City
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Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
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To know that there is a future, actively seek change, have awareness of death and therefore invent gods and demons.
Adalberto Benavides
- Adalberto Benavides, Saltillo, Mexico
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Someone with feelings and emotions.
Kat
- Kat, L.A
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To be human is to be able to love
Park
- Park , Colorado
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We create tools for different uses, are social, can communicate, record, and express our thoughts and ideas with language and symbols.
Allison
- Allison, HTLA High School, California
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It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
Josh
- Josh, Astoria,OR
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We change the lives of every thing
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
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Being human means that we have a very large brain size, and can help improve the world.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Philadelphia, PA
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To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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Walk upright, learn and share information, and shape the world around is
Carson
- Carson, Coronado, CA
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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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I thimk therefore I is
Reynard D'Argent
- Reynard D'Argent, California
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