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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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Brendan
- Brendan, Ireland
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The ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
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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 be able to invent. To create. To think creatively. To be able to convey and share ideas.
Alex
- Alex, Fresno, California
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To be alive, and have FUN!
Richard
- Richard, New York
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Being human is to have emotion, a conscience, advanced societal structure, complex language, and a highly developed brain.
Mary
- Mary, Silver Spring, MD
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being human means being able of questioning about my own origin and my own impermanence
marcos giusti
- marcos giusti, montevideo
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To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
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To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
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Being able to understand why I have the instincts I do and reject those which are unhelpful.
Helen
- Helen, London
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An intelligent species gifted with ability to observe, think and analyse the diversities of mother nature to recognize his Creator.
shakeel jamal
- shakeel jamal, arlington texas USA
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To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
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It's great to be human because we are very smart. Our brains are very advanced. We also have a longer childhood.
Gillian L
- Gillian L, Belleville
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Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
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To be human is to try and find the answer to being human.
Josue Santos
- Josue Santos, Houston
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Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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To learn new things, to know and help more people, to appreciate the experience
Hamza
- Hamza, Morocco
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To be human is to have reason and a sense of self; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Kristen
- Kristen, Maryland
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to be human means to be able to do things that we werent able to do yrs. back and to be able to think more clearly
clorissa
- clorissa, gloucester city jr.-sr. high school
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To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
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To hold hopes and dreams for the future and have an understanding of our mortality.
CK
- CK, U.S.
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The change of our bodies throughout the years,using tools and weapons,and our brain size increasing when we eat meat make us human.
Megan
- Megan, Arizona
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human means created to praise god
nabeel
- nabeel, saudi arabia
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A human being is selfish, greedy creature who is utterly careless of the environment surrounding him.
Mariam
- Mariam, Toronto
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We roam the earth and explore the endless universe in hopes of finding the meaning of why we exist and what it actually means to be human.
Steven
- Steven, Austin, TX
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To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, California
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A man thinks calmly with eye's filled with compastion, beside him the same man is yelling eye's filled with hate
Humans are, Part god, part beast to be human is to wrestle with our selfs. And ultimately, to choose which one will guide our actions.
Zavian
- Zavian, Canada
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To be human means we are stumbling through our lives trying to find our purpose.
Jared Alexander
- Jared Alexander, Indiana
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Being on the top at the food chain by the virtue of developed knowledge and skills.
mansoorq
- mansoorq, pakistan
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To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
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To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
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Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
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To wonder about things such as what does it mean to be human.
Mike
- Mike, Oregon
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To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
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I think wat is means to be human is to have a sense of reason and to be able to be kind and care for others
Edith Chukwu
- Edith Chukwu , Sacred heart collage
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To have culture, religion, and tradition. To be the unique great ape the god created to be above all other creatures; a human being.
Nehemiah Rodriguez
- Nehemiah Rodriguez, CA
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it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
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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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Live...lift the fallen,cloth the naked,feed the hungry,visit the sick,shut in/outcaste
eugene
- eugene, or
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