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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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To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
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Being human means living, communicating with others, and expressing your ideas.
Ani Dzhigneyan
- Ani Dzhigneyan, High Tech LA
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I think and make reasonable decisions there fore I am a human.
Charles Wastl
- Charles Wastl, Hanover, Md, USA the Earth
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The ability to feel empathy and help the less fortunate to live a life of dignity and respect.
Chak
- Chak, Prakash
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Humans are primates because we are Bipedal, we have foreword facing eyes, and we share 98% of our DNA with nonhuman Primates.
Jacob Luck
- Jacob Luck , UNCG ATY 253 Spring 2017
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Existence. No more. No less.
Anaximander
- Anaximander, America
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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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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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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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To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
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A human is truly human when he follows God
yousap
- yousap, yousap
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To show human qualities, not just being born a biological human. To have a better judgement of life and be there for others.
Nat
- Nat, New York
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To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
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To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
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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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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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To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
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An Image of Alec Frazier with the Vignette of Lucy
A wise man once said, “With great power must also come great responsibility.” As human beings, we are privileged and burdened with both.
Alec Frazier
- Alec Frazier, Takoma Park, MD, USA
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To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
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Being human means that you have your own life to live, and that you have your own personality.
Julia
- Julia, Florida
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to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
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Ser humano es aceptar que estamos formados de carne, hueso, mente, corazón, alma y espíritu.
Andrey
- Andrey, México
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We are capable of so many things. We are in control of so little things.
TW
- TW, USA
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Being human means to be imperfect and learn from our mistakes.
Name
- Name, Location
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We teach and learn from one another to form cultures, as well as keeping "history" and passing ideas on; we "predict” each other’s thoughts.
Sara Kim
- Sara Kim , California
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Being human means sharing more genetic & phenotypic characteristics with the Homo sapiens metapopulation than with any other species.
Paolo
- Paolo, London
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Humans are like most other hunks of mobile meat except some of them have a dream inside...
Brad G
- Brad G, Philadelphia, PA
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To use intelligence to create and slove
Joseph
- Joseph, Charlotte, NC
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To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
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To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
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it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
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To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
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Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
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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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A human is a mammal that can convey ideas and emotions, survive using makeshift equipment, and adapt easily within its environment.
Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun
- Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun, Canada
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Humans are animals with something more, something we can't even comprehend, that makes us able to question and understand.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Amherst, MA
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To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
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Being human means to live life with food,clothes, and a shelter
Thierno Barry
- Thierno Barry, New York
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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 to use our senses to the best of our abilities and to be able to record thoughts, history and ideas
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Maine
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