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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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It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
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We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
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To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
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it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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Human means to advance and expand. Always exploring and looking for a purpose.
Emanuel
- Emanuel , Tulsa
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We are human to discover and use those discoveries to make us so much smarter and develop new life skills.
Yarden Sasson
- Yarden Sasson, High Tech Los Angles
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To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
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To be human is to think and be aware of your thinking process. To be human is to respond and to calculate your responses.
Viqar. H
- Viqar. H, New York
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It means we evolved from hominid ancestors.
Brad P
- Brad P, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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To be human is what we as a species has always been capable to do: Observe, Evolve and compare through cultural relativism.
Devon Smith
- Devon Smith, Arkansas
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It means that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
Torrance
- Torrance , CA
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To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
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To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
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To be human is to find purpose.
Adam
- Adam , NJ
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To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
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To be driven to find love and meaning for yourself.
Corey Bither
- Corey Bither, Boston, MA
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to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
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To grasp with a thumb tools to till the soil, tools to hunt, tools to create and destroy.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, North Carolina
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Humans have the capability to completely disconnect from the environment in which we evolved.
Nate
- Nate, Portland, OR
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To be human is to simultaneously be possessive of progress and regression; to transcend limits us, and to learn from what we've lost.
Joshua J. Washburn
- Joshua J. Washburn, Raleigh, North Carolina
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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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Being human means to communicate socially with your peers using language and symbols to innovate as well as change the world day by day.
LHKAIA
- LHKAIA, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
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To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
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To be able to lie in the anatomical position and to have visible and anatomical similarities between each being
Rachel Irvine
- Rachel Irvine, Ontario Canada
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It's about shared symbolic worlds--images, language, sensations.
Diana
- Diana, Virginia
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A being that is distinguishable from an animal and insect. To have a soul that will live for eternity. To be made in the image of God.
Jacquelynne
- Jacquelynne, South Carolina
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to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
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Being human means having the ability to respond to situations in many different ways, by learning from others and thinking of new ideas.
Jonas
- Jonas, Cremorne
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Simple answer: human evolution
Rachel
- Rachel , Columbia, SC
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To be human is to simultaneously be possessive of progress and regression; to transcend limits us, and to learn from what we've lost.
Joshua J. Washburn
- Joshua J. Washburn, Raleigh, North Carolina
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To be Human means to experience. Since we are the sum of our memories, the more we can experience, the more Human we can become.
Russell Senior
- Russell Senior, Detroit, MI
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To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
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To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
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We have the vulnerability of choice. We have a desire to create progress and insite change; the ability to understand and change our veiws
Dayle
- Dayle, Seattle
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the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
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Being human means that you have a lot of responsibility. It also means that you have to do a lot of work in order to be successful in life.
Tyrin H.
- Tyrin H., Roosevelt High School
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It is a 30,000 year old hand print with red on the side to show the hand print it was on an light brown rocky wall
To be a human means that you to write, to understand of what the humans say. You learn how to respect to love and be the best you can be.
Joe
- Joe, California, Ca
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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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BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
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