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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 wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
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To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
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Human brains use 20% of our energy. They also give us the ability to do almost every other human characteristic. Our minds make us human.
AnnaBeth Graves
- AnnaBeth Graves, Washington D.C
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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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Laughter, Smiles, Thoughtfulness towards others and thoughtfulness about life, Sharing, Exploring, Learning, and Asking Questions
KDdidit
- KDdidit, Great Falls
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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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Our 3 brains in 1, we have traits from reptiles mammals and primates. Our conscience makes us human and sets us apart from all others.
Cathy Burks Stogner
- Cathy Burks Stogner, Mooresville, NC USA
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Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
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To glorify the creator of all living things.
JunKim
- JunKim, CA
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To ponder the humans who came before and will come in the future.
Matt
- Matt, Arizona USA
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I think that being human is having the ability to analyze, communicate through spoken language and writing, and express and feel emotions.
Impana S.
- Impana S., College Park, Maryland
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We are a part of a larger living organism. The Universe. We have a small part to play. Maybe the pollanation of other planets.
Michael O'Neill
- Michael O'Neill, Ireland
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Plan for the future; consider abstract thoughts; empathize. Have & share spiritual beliefs. Organize goals and reflect.
slugs
- slugs, Palmdale, CA
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To love and to be loved. To laugh and to cry. To give and to receive. To be human is to live for more than ourselves.
Mel
- Mel, Greenville SC
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To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
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It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
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To be human gives us the opportunity to practise humanity. And the freedom to stuff it up.
Pixelwarrior
- Pixelwarrior, Tasmania, Australia
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To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
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To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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To be human means to be quick on your feet, don’t give up, keep trying, share ideas, speak, create, evolve, believe, & grow in knowledge.
LFSLJLSM
- LFSLJLSM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
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Being human is thinking and feeling emotions in ways that are different than any other animal.
Caitlyn
- Caitlyn , North Carolina
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to have feeling to be sad,mad,happy, and, wrong
sara
- sara, maryland
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to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
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Humans are made up of the material part (body), but also the unique immaterial part (soul), reflecting God's image, like a mirror.
Lydia Adank
- Lydia Adank, South Carolina
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i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
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We are the only animals with a conscience, so we must insure that we treat our fellow human beings and other animals kindly.
George
- George, London,England,UK
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opposable thumbs
jacob
- jacob, haverhill
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A human goes thru many things in life in which they learn to be stronger.
Mayra Mendoza
- Mayra Mendoza, Roosevelt high, Portland OR
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To be human means to care about others and to use your tools for success and knowledge to thrive and to be whomever you want.
Ishan Saxena
- Ishan Saxena, Livingston, New Jersey, USA
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to obey god
shawn
- shawn , Minnesota
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...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
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To seek, for what you do not already know may be the most important for the future
Anyone you seek
- Anyone you seek, anywhere you seek
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It means that you have the ability to see touch smell feel or taste all the wonders God has given us
Ademola Adegbemigun
- Ademola Adegbemigun, Bronx ny
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To be able to construct a society and think about the world around us.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, Windermere, fl
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To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
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To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
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Poop and wipe also cook with fire.
Mrlivxample
- Mrlivxample, Oxnard, Ca
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The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
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To strive to make a better future and accept failure.
Allison
- Allison, McLaren Vale, South Australia
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