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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 that we are Made in the Image of God. It is our common heritage no matter how old the universe or earth or life on earth is.
Rich Henkle
- Rich Henkle, Medellin, Colombia
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Hu!an creates new tools
Aishwarya
- Aishwarya, Malaysia
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It means having feelings and understand other people and other species on Earth.
Linda Johnson
- Linda Johnson, Mesquite Tx
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To be human is to question and quest.
Jessica
- Jessica, Pennsylvania, USA
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Being aware, along a continuum of greater comprehension, of oneself and other “selves” as a part of and apart from everything else.
Barbara Norton
- Barbara Norton, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
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The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
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It takes a while for our skulls to mend. Our brain has more room to grow. We speculate, they throw poop. They are way more impulsive.
emilee l
- emilee l, portland, oregon
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To be human is to be unique, be yourself and make mistakes. Being imperfect and having the right to choose. Being human is to be yourself.
Genevieve
- Genevieve, Blackburn High School, Australia
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To walk on 2 legs, to communicate and use language, to have culture, to have more neurons, innovation and imagination
Maya Yanez
- Maya Yanez, Torrance, CA
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To be human is to give an account of your life after you die,so make good use of it , animals not so.
Walter
- Walter, llioydminster
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To be human is to have a free will and emotions. Humans seek for something higher and greater that will give endless joy.
Alyssa
- Alyssa, South Carolina
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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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To think about our choices.
Mark T.
- Mark T., Worcester, MA
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
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To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
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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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To be a human means to be able to communicate, advance technology and love each others differences.
Sage
- Sage , NC
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To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
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Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
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it means to be an evolution of animals and as we evolved we improved and improved and are smart
Liam
- Liam, Einfield
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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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to interact with our environment via the utility of our thumbs.
Gail
- Gail, Alexandria VA
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To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
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It means to live '
Kaden
- Kaden, grand rapids
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The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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Walking, talking, thinking, and social being.
Bryan Plummer
- Bryan Plummer, ButLer, PA
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That we are capable of making a mistake!
Salty dog
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
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having the capacity to plan for the future, wonder, express ourselves creatively and the feel compassion for others
Olivia K
- Olivia K, Melbourne, Australia
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To wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
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This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
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Wonder about, observe & explore nature; communicate; educate; Extend our senses and abilities thru tech. Create music, art.
Dan
- Dan, NH
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the combination of tools and fire and how our evolution was uniquely shaped by tools and fire
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
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Being human means being able think complex thoughts such as thinking what lies beyond our own minds.
Jonathan
- Jonathan , California
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To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
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To think independently and act upon
Joe
- Joe, Internet
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Being human Is feeling empathy thinking and having a frontal lobe that stops us behaving like animals.
Christine
- Christine, Australia
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To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
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