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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 love each other
Ash
- Ash, Gloucester
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Being human is being created in the image of God for the purpose of glorifying God. Having relationship with Him is the measure of humanity.
Ken Chalupnik
- Ken Chalupnik, United States of America
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To me, being human means you can walk upright, have a large brain and being able to feel emotions.
Rachel, age 15
- Rachel, age 15, Boston, MA
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Two things: Hand with opposable thumb, and the HABITUAL upright striding gait. Big brains, tool making, morals and civilization came later.
Charles F Stembridge
- Charles F Stembridge, Oregon, USA
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To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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To be human is to have a chin.
Jacob Freedom Germain
- Jacob Freedom Germain, Livermore, CA, USA
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Human? Why does that even matter? The real question is, " What does to mean to be you?"
Jade Starr Davis
- Jade Starr Davis, Pa,USA
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To be explore the atoms at home and the several far corners of the the universe, in order to find our origin.
Hermella
- Hermella, Cambridge, Ma
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With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
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Being able to express yourself in more that 140 characters.
Wanemego
- Wanemego, Johnson
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To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
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I think being human is being able to learn and discover new things
Timothy Connor
- Timothy Connor, Elizabethtown PA
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We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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We are all colonies of life, indelibly connected to this world. To be human is an illusion, for we are merely a transition.
Cormac Nolan
- Cormac Nolan, York, UK
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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 kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
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to be "human" is to have feelings for others and care for who you love
Kendall
- Kendall, Des Moines,Iowa
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To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
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Being human is so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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We are bipedal. We make tools and we use fire. Also we stay in an organized group and we also feel emotion.
Shea
- Shea, Lexington ma
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Being human means to simply feel, imagine, and grow.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, USA
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We are able to use our brain to do things that will help us stay alive longer.
Betsi
- Betsi, Woodburn
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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 is to laugh and to cry, to regret and to expect - sometimes all in a moment.
Anne McComas
- Anne McComas, Bel Air, MD
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To be aware that life is not without the responsibility of valuing all forms of it, not in dominion but in equanimity and synergy.
J.T.
- J.T., Washington, DC
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To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
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With are brains we con think and make the world better
Dylan & Dennis
- Dylan & Dennis, Bristol, Wisconsin
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It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
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Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
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It means wanting to know why, how, what and where and having the ability and drive to answer those questions.
Abby
- Abby, Oregon
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To be human is to be AWESOME!!!!!! for example MEEEEE
Eric Nakamoto
- Eric Nakamoto, Culver City, CAlifornia
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Habitual Bipedalism
Nathan
- Nathan, Washington State
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No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
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http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
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To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
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Being human means making mistakes and learning from them. It also means that you have feelings and are social.
Johanna Siegel
- Johanna Siegel, Washington, DC
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Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
Ted Caudill
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
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The ability to be good and kind excessively.
Rohan Roger
- Rohan Roger, Harvard University
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To have something from nothing.
Xiaodie
- Xiaodie, San Francisco, CA
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