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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 to have the most intelligent brain out of the animal kingdom.
Kyle
- Kyle, Kalin
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It means having the ability to ask this sort of questions.
N.
- N., Gothenburg, Sweden
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Humanity is the best and worst thing to ever happen to this planet.
Melissa
- Melissa, Sacramento, CA
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To be human is to feel emotion, be able to reason, and to exercise your God given ability of free will.
Sean W.
- Sean W., Pearl City, HI
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We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
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It doesn't 'mean' anything. (What does it 'mean' to be a daffodil?)
Oliver
- Oliver, London/Oxford
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Capable of "rational" thinking and having a concept of "mind".
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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Curiosity and the ability of being able to discover and making sense out of our world.
Shane Huynh
- Shane Huynh, Santa Barbara
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Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
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Respecting the diverse cultures that we each come from.
Kimberly
- Kimberly, Wright
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To be human means to have a purpose, it means to do what you were made to do.
bianca
- bianca, Sigourney, IA
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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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loving, helping all humans and disproving reasons on "race" and figure out we are one species.we must stand together as one race.
jack
- jack, birmingham uk
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The skill to surpass anything in our way using our minds.
Rhett Torralba
- Rhett Torralba, St. Louis, Missouri
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I think that to be human means that we are made in God's image and that we are alive through Him.
Madilyne Williams
- Madilyne Williams , Omaha, NE
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To be human, is to believe that there is a Creator of the Universe Whom bring out something from nothing.
Azrin Afandi
- Azrin Afandi, Singapore
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To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
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That which grows from the weakest of organisms to our solar system's most dangerous
Davis
- Davis, Mann
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Being human means made a little lower than angels, but falling to be a little better than demons(quote: source forgotten).Jesus saves!
Alyse Mularoni
- Alyse Mularoni, Michigan
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It means to have the ability and responsibility to act according to reason instead of animal instinct.
Justus Scott
- Justus Scott, Palm Coast, Fl
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God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
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Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
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What it means to be human is to walk on to feet, to speak, and to interact with other human species.
peyton
- peyton, us
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Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
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Forwardly looking with curiosity and wonder.
To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
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primate, bipedal, open language, compassion, violence, the ability to question.
tucker
- tucker, spokane
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to make mistakes and learn from them to make friends to have beliefs
Jonathan Diessel
- Jonathan Diessel, JOHANNESBURG
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To be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
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It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
Brian K
- Brian K, Maryland
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To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
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I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, USA
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To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
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Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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It means many things, but predominantly it means SHAME. Humans biggest legacy will be the destruction of our only home, Planet Earth.
Danraj Appan
- Danraj Appan, Brooklyn, NY(USA)
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To be human is to live how God originally made us. Creatures who live and love to glorify their creator.
Ryan Munn
- Ryan Munn, South Carolina
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To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
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To be human means nothing more than just being human. The secret of life is, there is no secret. We are human, so we do human things.
William Dodson
- William Dodson , Concord NC
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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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Being human means that we have the capability to do anything that we want that other primates and animals can't do.
Nicole Han
- Nicole Han, California
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