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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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Ability to express oneself through emotion, complex thoughts, physical attributes and communication.
Sophia Hawkes
- Sophia Hawkes, Sydney
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Ser Humano é estar em contato ao genero e entender nossas evoluçoes.
Newton x Mendes x Vieira
- Newton x Mendes x Vieira, Brazil Belo Horizonte
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To be human is to be aware of oneself, living, supporting, providing for oneself and others in contribution to the entire human community.
Jason
- Jason, Brim
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Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
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Our evolution and adaption, our complex way of living. It makes us what we are and we’re all the same, yet we're all so different.
Denisse Nava
- Denisse Nava, High Tech LA
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We have the ability understand our impact the world even if we ignore it
Rick
- Rick, Liberty
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Being human means we have the power to change the earth, and the responsibility to do so without destroying it.
Ambre Ying
- Ambre Ying, California
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To grasp with a thumb tools to till the soil, tools to hunt, tools to create and destroy.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, North Carolina
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To be human is to have a soul. God has blessed us above all of his creation.
Kitzi
- Kitzi, Warrenton, Ga.
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To send the human out to the farthest edge of speculation to investigate the human mind.
Len
- Len, Joshua Tree
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To be a human is to love others as you love yourself.
Eileen
- Eileen , California
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To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
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It means being the topdogs in the foodchain
Dirk
- Dirk, Australia
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Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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The pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
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it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
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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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We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
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If I'm disgusted by love, I feel still it, proving it isn't a construct of the mind like evolutionists like to believe.
Eric
- Eric, Alabama
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It means that you can talk walk and everything else. It also mean that you can take on the responsibility of walking on this earth.
liyah
- liyah, Evanston,Il
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To experience all of life's adventures, such as spending your Friday afternoon doing homework for your college anthropology class..
K
- K, USA
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being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
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Being human means having a spoken/written language,being able to express ourselves,and being able to walk upright.
Somebody
- Somebody , Somewhere
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Flawed. Destructive. Creative. Self-Aware. Self-Concious. Dumb. Smart. Good. Bad. Self-important and self-demeaning. Lost. Confused
Kelly
- Kelly, Ohio
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To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
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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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to be naive, to make mistake, to be imperfect but to learn from your mistakes and grow your mind set to be perfect.
yeng lor
- yeng lor, arvada, colorado
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To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
Christina Nichols-Whittaker
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
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To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
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To be human is to realize that if we are not careful our selfish genes could be our undoing.
Becca
- Becca, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Being human means having the rational and/or emotional thought processes to make behavioral decisions.
Zac
- Zac, Roseville, California
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To be human means that you are surrounded by a society, and to think of the future and past and work on improvement.
Riley
- Riley, Oregon
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We are aware of our own existence.
Frankie
- Frankie, oklahoma
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Living life to the fullest.
@pohsitive on Instagram
- @pohsitive on Instagram , USA
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to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
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To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
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To be human means to be created by God in His image. We were created with emotion, intellect, a purpose, and made to be relational.
Abby
- Abby, SC
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Human means to be curious for answers to things bigger than us.
Jay
- Jay, Kissimmee, Florida
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Being human means being complex. We walk upright, think creatively, & communicate together. This process has been gradual & continues.
SFJMVAKM
- SFJMVAKM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being human means that you have the capability to think clearly and make conscious decisions for yourself, other than just surviving.
Danyel Tharakan
- Danyel Tharakan, Washington, D.C.
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