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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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Man is created in God's image to know God. Humans have 46 chromosomes. Gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans have 48.
Jim
- Jim, WI
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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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Being human means that one has emotions towards oneself or another.
Dylan Deshler
- Dylan Deshler, Washington, D.C
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For us to be human we use language. We have complex languages that takes us to think and communicate with each other. And our Brain!
Stephen E
- Stephen E, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
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To be human means we aren't perfect. From hairy apes to hairless humans, we've made mistakes, failed, & tried again.
MB
- MB, PLAINVILLE, CT
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It means being part of the most prolific, ever advancing and limitless species known to live on planet earth.
almjr
- almjr, Florida, US
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To attain happiness for our self and others
williamtan
- williamtan, Malaysia
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What makes us human is our desire to improve ourselves. Such as people might try to become a nicer person.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Potland, OR
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To have a deeper complexity of thoughts, e.g. plan for the future, be aware of the world around us, to think beyond survival/reproduction
Laura
- Laura, London
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To have a soul that has been placed in us by the God of Heaven!!! To believe that he sent his son to save all the people of the world.
Scott
- Scott, Meadville,Pa
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To be curious, and to want to expand your knowledge. It is also to bond with other humans, and to want to take care of the world.
Janelle
- Janelle, Portland, OR
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To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
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To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
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Toddlers Ask Why
To me, being human is being the universe made manifest, so it may know itself. We are the animal that asks questions!
Marcia La Vine
- Marcia La Vine, St. Cloud, Minnesota
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Humans evolved so that one day we can learn the truth revealed by the present.
Towlie
- Towlie, Alaska
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to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
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It means to live your life the way you want to, so long as you don't violate the life, liberty, or property of someone else.
Joko
- Joko, San Diego
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to think to love to laugh
MArk
- MArk, UK
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To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
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Being human means to learn and experience reality and think how you can make it one step closer to perfection.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Anonymous
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the only species able to sequence his own genome
Marrero
- Marrero, Brazil
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Being a human is being able to make connections with others and caring about them.
Mind
- Mind, OR
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It means that you are your own unique person and no one else is like you.
Julia
- Julia, NJ
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<--- Me as a Homo floresiensis
To wonder what we would have looked like 95,000 to 17,000 years ago.
Christina
- Christina , Chicago, IL
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Being human means that you have a lot of responsibility. It also means that you have to do a lot of work in order to be successful in life.
Tyrin H.
- Tyrin H., Roosevelt High School
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To be human is to indulge in the vast array of emotions we encounter every day, and to embrace the many passions of life.
Cooper
- Cooper , Colorado
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To be human is to flow to have life with meaning and feeling to find to find your inner dauntless and your inner reader
Katniss ever prior
- Katniss ever prior, DBMS
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Habitual Bipedalism
Nathan
- Nathan, Washington State
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To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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Being human means that you interact with your friends and family
Kyle Naidoo
- Kyle Naidoo, Johannesburg
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Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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To be human means to evolve and become a better society. We keep evolving and making changes.
Josh
- Josh, California
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Being human means to simply feel, imagine, and grow.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, USA
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We are humans because we alone can Ask this question"How to Save Mother Earth"?
Sandy
- Sandy, California
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Knowing I am created in the image of God, which connects me to every human ever conceived, or who ever will be.
Sharon Clement
- Sharon Clement, Kansas City
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To be human is to constantly flip through chaos to find meaning in something, and revert back into chaos.
Avani Jain
- Avani Jain, India
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There is no answer, only the Question. To be what is asked and to seek it.
Eric Garrett
- Eric Garrett, Columbus, Ohio
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Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
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Human's use collective learning which is a way of sharing information through the use of different languages.
Sophia Moeller
- Sophia Moeller , Redlands School
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