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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 be human is simply to be human and know that we were always humans and will never be anything different
Symone
- Symone, Grandview ,MO
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Thinking, speaking, emotions.
Sandra
- Sandra, Colorado
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Being human means to know God in a personal way and having a personal walk with Him. We should do our best in this world to please Him.
Adam
- Adam, Woodbridge, VA
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It means to do what your Creator want from you to do.
Abbas
- Abbas, Pakistan
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To be a human means to understand the power we have over our ecosystem and the consequences that a negative decision can make.
Robin A
- Robin A, Fayetteville
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Self-awareness of mortality and denial of that truth through the use of religion.
Bodygrace
- Bodygrace , Texas
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Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
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What separates humans from other things is that we can evolve and lead. We've changed the way we've lived and survived since humans began.
Lily
- Lily, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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being human means understanding that we do not control the world The earth controls us.-Michael,Omaha,NE
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It means to live life to the fullest and not just to survive time as a species. It means to feel alive.
António
- António, Portugal
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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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To be human means being a primate with a big brain, making it possible to analyze his environment in more details than any other primate.
Hervé
- Hervé, France
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To be human is to have freedom of choice and recognition of one self.
Kira
- Kira, Hawaii
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Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmone
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To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
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being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
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Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
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It means you are living and you want to see everything in the world. It also means life with human forms.
Crazy old lady
- Crazy old lady, Mars
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our desire for meaning and eternity makes us what we are- human that is.
emmalyn
- emmalyn, Manila, Philippines
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To be human is to be able to love
Park
- Park , Colorado
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Means to be humble and accept the fact that we are not perfect and we depend on all living things to survive.
Austin P
- Austin P, Roosevelt HS Portland
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Humans are bipedal creatures that have big brains, exhibit higher thinking, use tools, and express themselves through art, language, music.
Cayla Hailwood
- Cayla Hailwood, CA
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To have a particular strand of DNA, to be technical, I guess. If you want to be philosophical, don't look at my answer.
Aria
- Aria, USA
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It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
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being human is to wonder what's NEXT!?!?
Lew
- Lew, Cambridge, MA
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a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
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to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
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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 better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
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Always finding a way to adapt :)
Art
- Art, Denver Colorado
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To be human means that we have the willpower to decide, emotions, and knowledge.
Jeniffer and Jalinh
- Jeniffer and Jalinh, Maryland
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In the backdrop of this universe with billions and billions of galaxies, to be human is to realise that we are only amoebae.
AHMAD ASHRAF
- AHMAD ASHRAF, THALASSERY, INDIA
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To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Experiencing life in a way that allows us to create culture and adapt our environment to .our needs.
Daniel F. Giallombardo
- Daniel F. Giallombardo, Harvard, IL
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Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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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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An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
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To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
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To be human is to feel, love, create, conquer, and believe.
Ty
- Ty, Astoria, Oregon
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To be human is to be obligated, as the most intelligent species, to take care of the planet and it's other inhabitants.
Chloe Lopez
- Chloe Lopez, Gainesville, Florida
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