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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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Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
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To wonder and dream.
David Lamar Jones
- David Lamar Jones, Austell Georgia
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It means that you can talk walk and everything else. It also mean that you can take on the responsibility of walking on this earth.
liyah
- liyah, Evanston,Il
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We knowingly over-use and destroy our resources, and do nothing.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
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it looks like the humans ate raw meat
billy
- billy, China
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being able to have compassion for species other than our own
bernardette
- bernardette, washington dc
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Being human means walking, thinking, and working differently than other species.
Nina
- Nina, Portland, OR
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fun
po
- po, melrose
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It's a big surprise.
wungyh
- wungyh, MSU
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To make mistakes being able to learn from them.To be unique in our own ways with our own values and talents that make us special.
Ogechi Tracey Nombuso Okwunwa
- Ogechi Tracey Nombuso Okwunwa, Observatory
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The answer has changed over time. Ages ago it meant to bury our dead, or to use art. Now it means to be able to answer this question.
Jonathan Abbatt
- Jonathan Abbatt, Ceiriog Valley, Wales
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having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
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To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
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To be human is to be a member of the species Homo sapiens.
Millard
- Millard, Earth
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Humanity is the best and worst thing to ever happen to this planet.
Melissa
- Melissa, Sacramento, CA
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What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
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Humans make fire and cook food. Made all the difference in human evolution.
Glenn
- Glenn, San Diego
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to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
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To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
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To be Human, is to be conscious of a self, aware he is conscious and wonder about it and wants to know what it is
Balasubramanian
- Balasubramanian, India
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It means to, sadly, not be a magical wizard!
Jo
- Jo, Indiana
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emulating the god spirit that dwells in all of us to show compassion for and respect the life in all people and animals.
Leenie
- Leenie, Peoria IL
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a higher organism
Fran
- Fran, Cleveland
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To be human means to communicate and be social. It also means having your own way of being unique and gathering with other people.
MGEC
- MGEC, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being human means having a capacity to both learn and teach, and to make rational decisions tempered by emotions.
James
- James, Elmsdale, PE
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Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
Ted Caudill
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
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a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
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It means that you are able to communicate past unintelligible grunts and gurgles, also only species has its own stock market.
FrizzantE
- FrizzantE, Alberta
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Being a human means being created in the image of God for the purpose of honoring and glorifying Him with your life.
Jordan
- Jordan, SC
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Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
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To be human is to have the ability to be independent and be able to live using any given resource
Kaisley
- Kaisley, California
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Human means to be a marvelous and incredible creation by God. Humans have an eternal soul. Read the Bible, God will reveal truth to you.
Nancy Brunnemer
- Nancy Brunnemer, Colorado
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To love, to destroy and to wander
Grace Metcalfe
- Grace Metcalfe, Leeds,West Yorkshire, England
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To realize that though we have different physical features, we have all developed the same traits that enable our existence in this world.
Kay
- Kay, Maryland
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An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
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Being a human means expressing joy and compassion to others.
Filis Fee
- Filis Fee, Houston, TX
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The ability to make moral decisions
Orange juice
- Orange juice , Washington
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We are the species that tells stories.
Dave Luckett
- Dave Luckett, Western Australia
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We are here to give life meaning
Pedro
- Pedro, Fort Collins,CO
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