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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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Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
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To be human is to give an account of your life after you die,so make good use of it , animals not so.
Walter
- Walter, llioydminster
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To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
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Humans are God’s loved creations. We are unlike other living things because we have a soul and were made in His image.
Lauren
- Lauren, IL
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To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
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They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
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To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
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To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
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The simple understanding of life, love, and freedom. Along with the ability to understand and seek out new knowledge.
Hearne, Chris
- Hearne, Chris, Missouri
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The desire to explore and understand our surroundings and the world around us, to feel passion/emotion towards/with others in our society.
Patricia Lee
- Patricia Lee, Wayne, PA
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It means that you respect and treat everything the same way you treat everything the same as you would any other human being.
Justin
- Justin, South Africa
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To be human, means to have the genetic characteristics and the DNA of a human.
Zazi
- Zazi, Johannesburg
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To create stories about things you know do not physically exist, and believe in them anyway. To give meaning to the meaningless.
Jenna
- Jenna, Boston, MA, USA
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To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
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Living
Leprechaun
- Leprechaun, The End of the Rainbow
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To be human is to learn about life and choose to believe in the evolution, believe in God, or to believe in something else. We have choices.
Chloe
- Chloe , some where you dont need to know
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Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
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Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
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the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
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Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
Becca
- Becca, Oregon
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Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
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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 original and want to do thing that your might be judged for
Sophie
- Sophie , Johannesburg
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You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
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We are the universe itself, pondering: "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is my place in the grander scheme of things?"
Prof
- Prof, USC, Colombia
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We are a species who can be compassionate but yet to the other extreme still ignorant to the rest of the species on the planet.
Ron
- Ron, Minneapolis, MN
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To be aware of the Creator who made us through this marvelous process of evolution
Jerry
- Jerry, Seattle
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To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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Being the only animal we know of that can understand that they are alive and also that we will one day die.
Joel Thompson
- Joel Thompson, Great Falls, MT
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To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
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To be human means to be made in the image of God. We've inherited with that title an intrinsical worth that we'll never fully understand.
Katie
- Katie, London
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it means a person THAT lives.
yoselin
- yoselin, united states
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Everyone is different. We all see, speak, hear, look, and even feel different. We learn more as we grow physically and mentally.
Carrie F
- Carrie F, Roosevelt High School
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obligate bipedalism, complex language, abstract thought
James
- James, London
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To be human is to be. All one can do is be. Be that which it is and not desire to be which it isn't bc that has nothing to do w/ what it is.
mikey
- mikey, california
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To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
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a mammal who got a large brain relative to body size, uses tools, communicates, and is aware of his/her existence. (self-recognition)
Abed
- Abed, Iran
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To be human means to communicate, risk everything to survive, create new tools and relationships, as well as overcome the Earth.
AHALRL
- AHALRL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Be responsible for what is going on & before Creator. Every creature has brains & feelings but man shoulders responsibility for the future.
Zarine L. Arushanyan
- Zarine L. Arushanyan, Armenia
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Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
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