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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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We are people who evolved and work hard for jobs and for young.
Eva
- Eva, Fredericksburg, VA
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An arsenal of concepts that manifest as either physical objects and structures or cultural practices.
William
- William, Oregon
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It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
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I think being humanness means a sinful creature. Being human is to exist in the image of God and to exist with the purpose of finding God
Kristi
- Kristi, Israel
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It means to be creative.
Bader
- Bader, Australia
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To be human is to claim land that is from Earth as your own. We all share the Earth, no one owns it.
Eris
- Eris, Earth
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To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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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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To be human is to understand at a higher level of cognition one that involves not only intellect but morals the effects of our actions.
Zainab
- Zainab, Boston
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To be human is to do what your heart tells you.
Stephen
- Stephen, CA
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to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
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Being human is how we evolved. Our DNA ≈98% similar to chimpanzees but we have further evolved the characteristics that define humans.
Dana
- Dana, Portland, OR
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To me, being human means interacting with those around us in order to form meaningful relationships, and striving to be happy.
Kaitlin Bielec
- Kaitlin Bielec, Maryland
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Knowing right from wrong, and using your souroundings as an advantage to develop in society
Victoria
- Victoria, USA
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To understand and practice compassion
Savi Goonasekera Swick
- Savi Goonasekera Swick, Unknown
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To be human is being smart and we are more advanced then animals and have more skills then animal.
Rithik
- Rithik, Johannesburg
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Our ability to live and let others live ultimately makes us humans.
Dario
- Dario, Sunnyside, New York
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We are more than just a physical body and matter. We are able to think deeply, make decisions, and distinguish between right and wrong.
Michaela
- Michaela, Florida
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To be Human is to let others understand ourselves.
Alex Brown
- Alex Brown, Astoria, Oregon
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Being human means having the ability to love.
Hannah
- Hannah, Atlanta, GA
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we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
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To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
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It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
Natasha
- Natasha, Albany,NY
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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It means that you need to learn, help, be kind, and to be super calm.
John
- John, NYC, New York
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To be human is to know the world at a larger scale; to understand the cause and effect of our actions and to know that we will die.
Conor Bulkeley-Krane
- Conor Bulkeley-Krane, Portland
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To be human means to think, reason and feel emotion. To be human is to know what is morally right. To be human is to love others.
Cara
- Cara, Camden, TN
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To have been created in God's image. Is Australopithecus created in God's image? Maybe, probably not. Neanderthals? Harder to answer.
Joel Mackler
- Joel Mackler, Pittsburgh
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To be human means to act irrationally and blame it on anything or anyone other than ourselves.
Chris
- Chris, Carbondale, IL
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we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
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Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
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To make mistakes, learn from them, and realize what went wrong in order to go in the right direction.
Kathleen Jackson
- Kathleen Jackson, Inwood, WV
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To be able to make your own decisions, having a moral conscious, to live out your God given will.We can breath, eat, talk, and create.
Victoria
- Victoria , Washington
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To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
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To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
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To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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To live life can do it well and with confidence
JFK
- JFK, Selby
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Neanderthals were apparently better care givers to their elderly than Homo republicanensis, that other archaic primate
Gerry
- Gerry, Nebraska
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