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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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Conquer over everything ... over nature, over other creatures & our likes, and even over the unknowns.
Merid
- Merid, Faifax, VA
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A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
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The purpose of life is to live, but that only addresses the body. We do what we are. Ask what else does what we do. The true lies therein.
John Two of Five
- John Two of Five, Atlanta
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To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
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Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
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To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
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To make register of things, by any means, drawing, writing, engraving. And to pass it generation after generation, through education.
Andre Catani
- Andre Catani, Valinhos, BRAZIL
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God and man communicate through gene. Possibly, this is the best part to be a human.
Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik
- Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik, Utkal University,Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
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Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
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Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
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Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
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Being a human is the key to survival, to speak your own language and to connect with other humans.
Rabia Mohammadi
- Rabia Mohammadi, Philadelphia, PA
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A person who's not a animal. They have characteristics that separate humans from animals. We change the world and do things differently.
Mallory
- Mallory, Iowa
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Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
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To live, to cry, to die, to eat and to sleep. Caring for one another. Having each others back. To be social.
Andrew Campbell
- Andrew Campbell , Northern Ireland
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I think wat is means to be human is to have a sense of reason and to be able to be kind and care for others
Edith Chukwu
- Edith Chukwu , Sacred heart collage
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power hungry struggle for knowledge quenched by the inevitable death
micheal jones
- micheal jones, brantford
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Being human is just one more peculiar trait of animal evolution
Cristian
- Cristian, Spain, Madrid
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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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To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
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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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To have certain characteristics that no other primate shows.
Bernard Niesen
- Bernard Niesen, Los Angeles, California
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To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
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to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
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What I think being a human being is to be yourself because a lot of people try to be different people to fit in with someone
Mosaab
- Mosaab, South Africa
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human-an interactive life form that has five senses and the ability to communicate, use technology, and think.
Dominic
- Dominic, massachusetts
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To understand our place locally on earth
Nick
- Nick, Saskatoon sask can
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Bipedalism is the key factor that is associated with the characteristics of humans. Bipedalism means walking on two feet.
Student
- Student, School
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Maybe 100% Homo sapiens. Or is it 97.5% Homo sapiens & 2.5% Neanderthal. Or may be 92.5% Homo sapiens, 2.5% Neanderthal, & 5% Denisovan?
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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To be human is to be a reflection of the One who made me - an image bearer of the Creator (God).
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Greenville, SC
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It means that we're made in the image and likeness of God who created us.
Heidi Watson
- Heidi Watson, Washington DC
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To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
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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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the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
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To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
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To be human means that you live your life striving to understand the world and the forces that made it the way it is.
NDR
- NDR, Texas
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Being human means you have a soul.
Ally
- Ally, Indiana
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To be human is to wonder, to question, to be able to adapt, to have the potential to do great good or great evil, and act on it.
JT
- JT, California
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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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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