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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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It means to be made in the image and likeness of God, have free will and be blessed with a conscience.
Amanda Tran
- Amanda Tran, Waterville, ME
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To dream and be more than we are today in the future. To love eachother and to laugh. To design to meet human needs, wants and desires.
Carolynne
- Carolynne, Melbourne, Australia
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It is the responsibility of humans to ensure the survival of our planet.
Adeline Smith
- Adeline Smith, LA, California
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Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
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Today, to be human is to search for the most fulfilling way to spend the time that our ancestors spent hunting and gathering
Arvin Raj Mathur
- Arvin Raj Mathur, Cleveland, OH
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to have an imagination unlike the Neanderthals who had no need in the cold climate during the ice age
jon
- jon, Albert Lea, MN
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To be human means to eat, sleep, drink, work, and play. We all live and die
Zach
- Zach, Hong Kong
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to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
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Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
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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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To be human is to be a thread in the tapestry of consciousness.
Stephen
- Stephen , Ireland
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To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
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Using commerce is one thing that makes humans unique.
Lizzy
- Lizzy, Florida
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to be human is to have the ability to reason...
Young Jimmithin
- Young Jimmithin, Auburn IN
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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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To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
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Being human means being able to be frightened and amazed by your world at the same time.
Joe Flynn
- Joe Flynn, Burtonsville, Maryland
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Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
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To be human is to be able to use your five sences, to use more advanced technology/tools, and to be smart to your abilities
aylin
- aylin, massachussetts (USA)
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A human has the ability to think and be imaginative, change the environment so it becomes easier to live there and, that way, survive.
Núria
- Núria, Gualta (Girona-Catalunya)
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Our purpose is to share our knowledge of a living Creator. I can create therefore there must be a Creator.
Myrigga
- Myrigga , 77523
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To be human is to love the organized chaos that we call our world.
Page H.
- Page H., Washington, DC
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Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
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To be explore the atoms at home and the several far corners of the the universe, in order to find our origin.
Hermella
- Hermella, Cambridge, Ma
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to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
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To breathe and interact with other life and to be aware of your surroundings.
Krista
- Krista, Ohio
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To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
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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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Being human means to be made in God's image not that of animals, and that we have the opportunity to see Him one day
Josh Clark
- Josh Clark, Asheville, North Carolina
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We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
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Being human is defined by a unique intuition that expresses being an individual.
Katrina Uyehara
- Katrina Uyehara, Los Angeles
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To be human is to understand at a higher level of cognition one that involves not only intellect but morals the effects of our actions.
Zainab
- Zainab, Boston
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no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
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To be able to contemplate and come to terms with our mortality as well as our place in the universe.
Justin
- Justin, Arkansas
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it means we are the superior beings on this giant planet.
ashlee righter
- ashlee righter, philadelphia
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It means to have emotions that we can openly express, and to have the ability to create tools that surpass those of the animals around us
Rhiannon
- Rhiannon, Pennsylvania, USA
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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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it means that we have hands, opposable thumbs, complex brain functions, walk upright, and talk clearly.
gracie
- gracie, oakland
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To be human is to be able to express ones ideas and improve ones life beyond that of just surviving.
Brendan
- Brendan, St. Louis
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Unfortunately, to be human is to have the capacity to act against nature. No other creature can commit such acts.
G. Bernard Sawyer
- G. Bernard Sawyer, Stone Mountain, GA. USA
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