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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 mean to be thankful for all the things you get from your parents. You can be able to grab things and hold things.
freddy
- freddy, woodburn
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A human has the ability to think and be imaginative, change the environment so it becomes easier to live there and, that way, survive.
Núria
- Núria, Gualta (Girona-Catalunya)
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We are common as lifeforms, rare in our stage of evolution, & special as individuals. Explorers of physics, biology, history, & ourselves.
Bryce
- Bryce, Devils Lake, North Dakota
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To be human is to be made in God's image, described by the abilities to reason, to communicate abstractly, and to do more than survive.
Anna
- Anna, Indian Land, SC
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To care for creature around us and respect ourselves for who we are
Jai Sikka
- Jai Sikka, Birmingham,Uk
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I think it means to evolve and create new and wonderful things to aid our generations to come.
Franco Jimenez Martinez
- Franco Jimenez Martinez , South Africa
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To breathe and interact with other life and to be aware of your surroundings.
Krista
- Krista, Ohio
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To be human is to be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
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A species that can ponder their existence.
Valerie First
- Valerie First, Winter Springs, Florida
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To share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
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Being human is being connected to others through relationships that vary in their degree of centrality to our everyday living.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
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For us to be human we use language. We have complex languages that takes us to think and communicate with each other. And our Brain!
Stephen E
- Stephen E, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
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you can't have all the same traits as animals.
Meghan Thomas
- Meghan Thomas, da hood
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To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
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I had just penned some difficult sheep with a border collies and I'm just so pleased with myself.  Just another example of what it's like to be human.
Being human is understanding the significance of being able to touch the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb.
John Bernard
- John Bernard, 985 Island Rd, Victoria BC Canada V2X 2V1
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searching for the meaning of life...
Kaushik
- Kaushik, India
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Humans are alive, eat and communicate as other animals do. We have the ideas of building new technologies to make our lives simpler.
Maly
- Maly , California
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Cause are we human, or are we dancers. The sign is vital. My hands are cold. And im on my knees looking for the answers.
Tom
- Tom, Sheffield
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The capacity for imagination and conceptual thought.
William B. Cusack
- William B. Cusack, Los Angeles
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equality
To be Human is to have no limits and the potential to do anything, because of this we have good history and the hope of a great future.
Eldon Dahlin
- Eldon Dahlin, Oakland CA
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Being human means to be imperfect and learn from our mistakes.
Name
- Name, Location
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To use our limited capacity to understand the world, our place in it, what resources we need to survive, and how to secure them.
Pat
- Pat, Boston, MA
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To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
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A thought bubble
Being human means that you have the capability to think clearly and make conscious decisions for yourself, other than just surviving.
Danyel Tharakan
- Danyel Tharakan, Washington, D.C.
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To be human is to use our brain to evolve beyond our 600 million years of animal past and become part of a sustainable mosaic of life.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh, North Carolina
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To use intelligence to create and slove
Joseph
- Joseph, Charlotte, NC
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What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
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To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
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To walk on 2 legs, to communicate and use language, to have culture, to have more neurons, innovation and imagination
Maya Yanez
- Maya Yanez, Torrance, CA
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Living with the insight of who we were and the hope of knowing that we aren't finished evolving yet.
D. Morgan
- D. Morgan, Crossville, Tennessee
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I don't think there is a set meaning to being human we all are different and think different things, being different from others
Kayla
- Kayla, Idaho
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Being human has only one goal that is to worship Allah
Taqwa
- Taqwa, Malaysia
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To be human is to be alive with free will to reproduce while understanding compassion towards all that life has to offer.
johnny picht
- johnny picht, Rockville
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Distinction in sense of "self" and "others".
San Diego, CA
- San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
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It means language, fire control, clothing, knowledge, inner control and, above all, God seeking.
Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez
- Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia
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We can make our ideas become reality.
Leasa
- Leasa, Vineland, NJ
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Being human means made a little lower than angels, but falling to be a little better than demons(quote: source forgotten).Jesus saves!
Alyse Mularoni
- Alyse Mularoni, Michigan
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Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
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I think our defining characteristic, that which sets us apart , is our intelligence.
Nicolas, 18
- Nicolas, 18, Ontario, Canada
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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
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