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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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You have a heart that pumps blood through your veins and your entire body. You make offspring unlike birds with eggs.
Vehbi
- Vehbi, Turkey
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to be human is to be self aware of yourself and the role you play in the lives of others and in the universe.
Maddy
- Maddy , San Diego
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To be able to ask what it means to live a good life.
Will L
- Will L, Boston, MA
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To be human means to be made in the image of God (The One who created us).
Clay
- Clay, SC
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We are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
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Being human means to wish you were dead so you can not be.
Kevin Hertzler
- Kevin Hertzler, Boston, MA
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Tracy
- Tracy, Arkansas
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It mean's that being human we learn things from each other just like you have taught me about the origins of humanity
markus
- markus, canada
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To be human means that you have intelligence, conscious an feelings to rule the earth and all the living creatures with respect.
Yota
- Yota, Greece
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To be human is to have morals, beliefs, and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
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This question is complicated.....all of the answers on this page are adjectives describing the human experience.....being human ....
Dax
- Dax, York pa
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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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being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
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To be human is to be epistemologically and metaphysically self-conscious by logically acknowledging that one is made in the image of God.
Tom Carpenter
- Tom Carpenter, Conyers, GA
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Being a human is being able to make connections with others and caring about them.
Mind
- Mind, OR
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We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
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Humans, also recognized as homo sapiens are highly intelligent. Their brain allow them to do anything they please and create what they want
Jeffry Figueroa
- Jeffry Figueroa, Washington DC
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To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
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LISTENS TO LIMP BIZKIT ONCE
Freed Durrt
- Freed Durrt, Skeatrle
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live, breathe, know people, and survive.
Seamus
- Seamus , Murphy
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To enjoy life while it lasts. Also make mistakes, build, destroy things. To love every single view that you see. To make history!
Alicia
- Alicia, Milwaukee, WI
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Steven Hawking
To be human is to believe in the capacity for human decency and accomplishment—with or without "God."
Robert Reid
- Robert Reid, Chicago
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To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
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Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
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to not be liberal
the legend 27
- the legend 27, CA
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
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To be sentient of your surroundings. Also, to be rational.
Kara
- Kara, Colorado
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Each human is different and special. You won't find another yourself in the whole world. This is what I think it means to be human.
Katrina Kaif
- Katrina Kaif, Hong Kong
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It means you can make memes
Name
- Name, Location
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It means to be made in the image and likeness of God, have free will and be blessed with a conscience.
Amanda Tran
- Amanda Tran, Waterville, ME
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To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
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To be human is to be conceited and to experience pain and suffering until the sweet release of death.
Charlie
- Charlie, Sheepleville
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To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
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To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
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Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
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To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
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Being human means you have to accomplish something good in your life and inspire the new generation to make the world a better place.
Diego
- Diego, Canada
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A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
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