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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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Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
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Biologically; to be human is to have a high ratio of brain to body size, a brain that is highly complex, and to be obligating bipedal.
Ashley
- Ashley, Canada
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We are here to give life meaning
Pedro
- Pedro, Fort Collins,CO
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To be intelligent and curious enough to look for answers...and arrogant enough to think we know what the questions are.
Rodney Whitley
- Rodney Whitley, Opelika, Al.
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I think language is what makes us human. It's what sets us apart from other species on earth.
Brooke K
- Brooke K, Denver, CO
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Humans are curious. We have a distinct ability to ask "why"? We explore the Universe tirelessly in search of purpose and meaning
Alex
- Alex, Ohio
To be able to learn, and feel
Bryan McKinley Davis
- Bryan McKinley Davis, Sioux falls SD
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To observe, to replenish, to preserve, and to witness evolution
WIlson Santos
- WIlson Santos, St. Augustine,FL - USA
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Being human means to live life with food,clothes, and a shelter
Thierno Barry
- Thierno Barry, New York
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To be a bipedal primate. To be aware and intelligent. To teach, create, destroy, and have complex communication. But to not be so different.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wade
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To be human is to ask, "What does it mean to be human?"
Tom
- Tom, Memphis, TN
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To be a human is to be able to realize that we are not perfect, make mistakes, but at the end learn from those mistakes and not repeat it
Jeny
- Jeny, Torrance, CA
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To care for one an other
Hermioni
- Hermioni , Hogwarts
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Humans are alive, eat and communicate as other animals do. We have the ideas of building new technologies to make our lives simpler.
Maly
- Maly , California
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The recognition of self, the conscious being, and all the rational and irrational thinking that comes with this consciousness.
Wade Dodson
- Wade Dodson, Perth, Western Australia
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To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
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to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
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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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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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I think what it means to be human, is simply to have a conscious, and being able to feel.
Apologetics and Worldview
- Apologetics and Worldview, Greenville, SC
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to be a bipedal ape living in complex societies
Bobby
- Bobby, Oregon
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Vulnerability - to love, to hurt, to care, to harm, to be
Stephanie Montatore
- Stephanie Montatore, Australia
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The capacity to discover, to analyze, and accept truths tested through introspection.
bilg
- bilg, Clemson SC
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To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Croaby
- Angus Croaby, Hong Kong
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Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
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We are human to discover and use those discoveries to make us so much smarter and develop new life skills.
Yarden Sasson
- Yarden Sasson, High Tech Los Angles
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the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
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We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
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It means that we have been created in the image of God. We are not animals at all. We are as far from it as we can get.
Catherine
- Catherine, Alabama
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To have the intelligence mixed with curiosity to destroy the need for religions.
Jordan Allen
- Jordan Allen, Lawrenceville, PA
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We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
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To make mistakes & make them into ideas, changing & impacting the world. It also means to adapt to the world & have locomotion.
JBRG
- JBRG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Human is who can think, act, and develop. It can be told in a physical sense and a psychological sense.
Yeelim
- Yeelim, S. Korea
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To be loved, to love, experience, make mistakes, and to prevail, despite our shortcomings.
Savannah
- Savannah, Coronado, CA
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To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
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Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
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To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
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Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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Being able to understand why I have the instincts I do and reject those which are unhelpful.
Helen
- Helen, London
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