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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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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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Being human Is feeling empathy thinking and having a frontal lobe that stops us behaving like animals.
Christine
- Christine, Australia
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It means that we're above and more powerful than all of the other animals.
Tyler
- Tyler, Waterville, Me
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To be human is to be able to change the world around as no other species can.
Kyle
- Kyle, Torrance
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
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The ability to Know the age of the universe & our species; pondering whether there is any meaning to all this and asking “Are we Alone”?
Carson
- Carson , Portland, Oregon
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To attain happiness for our self and others
williamtan
- williamtan, Malaysia
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Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
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to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, to almost think about yourself.
Vicky Anderson
- Vicky Anderson , Singapore
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consciousness and the ability to question "creativity" and the unusual desire to control nature, instead of live with it.
anthony Krajci
- anthony Krajci, horsham Pa
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Our unlimited curiosity beyond what we need next. Our ability to wonder where we came from and why are we here? Our articulate language
Maeve
- Maeve, Pennsylvania
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power hungry struggle for knowledge quenched by the inevitable death
micheal jones
- micheal jones, brantford
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it means you are able to ask what does it mean to be human ? in the first place
Alex
- Alex, Yorkshire England
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To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
Dion
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
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It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
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To be human, is to never know why you're human, but to live life the best way possible anyway.
Megan
- Megan , Oklahoma
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"To be human is to be corrupt, it goes hand and hand."
Stacy
- Stacy, Alabama
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With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
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To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
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humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
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Humanity is to be made in God's image, having facets of God's nature, like higher intelligence, creativity and morality.
Joscelyn
- Joscelyn , South Carolina
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To be human is to question everything and strive for the answers no matter the cost.
Aubrey C.
- Aubrey C., CA
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to be able to think and rationalize on a daily basis
CMercurius
- CMercurius, New York
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TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
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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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Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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Being human means having an awareness that he is different from other beings and capable of thinking beyond his experience.
Angga Hendrawan
- Angga Hendrawan, Indonesia
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It's about shared symbolic worlds--images, language, sensations.
Diana
- Diana, Virginia
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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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The fact that we destroy our enironment in the name of progress when every other animal lives in sync with nature. Progress?
Greg
- Greg, Kansas City, MO USA
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capacity of opposing the thumb to any other digit of same hand
Mario Blanco
- Mario Blanco, west palm beach,florida
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To be a human means that we have all been sent for a reason. From changing something to make your life a lot better to changing the world.
Orlando Cardenas jr
- Orlando Cardenas jr, Portland, Oregon
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Being human is to live a massive paradox. Our abilities at reasoning are eclipsed only by our abilities at self-deception and hubris.
Gary
- Gary, Madison, WI
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Having the ability to think, learn, make, improve , empathize , help, teach, share and most importantly evolve as a being..
Ava
- Ava, Philippines
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Using commerce is one thing that makes humans unique.
Lizzy
- Lizzy, Florida
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To be human means we're all connected.
DeAnna
- DeAnna, North Carolina
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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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Simple answer: human evolution
Rachel
- Rachel , Columbia, SC
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The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
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