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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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Humans can think beyond what can be seen, creating new ideas. Using them to change our evolutionary path and our surroundings.
Clinton Williams
- Clinton Williams, Golden horseshoe, Canada
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The greek word for human is anthropos, a combination of two words meaning the one who looks up. Humanity development.
Chris
- Chris, Cyprus
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Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
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To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
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The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
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To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
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being human is to live and learn and love why you can
janae long
- janae long, 38301
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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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Art and mathematics
I have no idea what this means.
- I have no idea what this means., Colorado Springs, CO
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Being able to discover and learn about the wonders and beauty of this natural world. Enjoying this life for what it is.
Jake Murtaugh
- Jake Murtaugh, Arizona
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it means to have a bipeded
jaisen
- jaisen, wright midlle school
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Being human is being bi-pedal,being able to think and communicate abstractly,adapting to surroundings and learning and making new things.
Mrs. McPhee's Class C
- Mrs. McPhee's Class C, Litchfield Middle School
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To be human is to take care of the individuals of our own species, be they the disabled, the elder, or the dead ones.
gas
- gas, Spain
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To be human means to believe in God.
Kathy
- Kathy, Alexandria
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To think independently and act upon
Joe
- Joe, Internet
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we try to understand the world we live in and question who we are and how we got here.
jane
- jane, new jersey
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Being Human is Being Imperfect.
Mage
- Mage, California
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To spread Gods word and to live and love
Joshua Reddy
- Joshua Reddy , South Africa
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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To have the ability to differentiate your actions and consequences.
Jon
- Jon, Maryland
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That we make and control fire. We owe our species' development to fire, most distinctively-fundamentally speaking.
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
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To be fulfilled by God with a soul
AM
- AM, Massachusetts
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life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
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To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
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Being human means that we possess an eternal soul and we are image-bearers of God.
Hannah
- Hannah, Indiana
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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A creation of God with an eternal soul.
Nancy
- Nancy, Brunnemer
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Nothing more than a single step in a journey that is a billion years long.
William
- William, Jax, FL
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To be human means to search for a greater purpose in life other than mere survival.
Ana
- Ana, Maryland
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To be human is the ability to reason and be reasoned with.
Babatunji
- Babatunji, Nigeria
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To be human means that can choose what to believe God or something
Jay
- Jay, Seattle
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Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
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to be blinded by your own self importance as a species, you risk distruction of the ecosystem, for short term greed based motives
kevin
- kevin, kansas
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We are just a kind of animal having ability to think, to reason and communicate effectively.
Volkan Gülbeyaz
- Volkan Gülbeyaz, İzmir, TURKEY
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Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
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to desire connection and express that connection through art
Dee
- Dee, San Francisco, CA
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To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
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to be able to live and walk and talk without being discriminated and be able to poop big turds in a toilet and enjoy it
sam
- sam, walker
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savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
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Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
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