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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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To be the pinnacle of the evolutionary process, but also to have a soul.
Edwin Blackwell
- Edwin Blackwell, London, UK
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To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
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To have faith.
Alexis
- Alexis, South Carolina
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Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
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To love and create.
Alex Gutierrez
- Alex Gutierrez, Newburgh
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to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
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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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To be human to need to have good banter
Catherine Vincent
- Catherine Vincent, U.K.
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To be human is to be made to be like God (Gen. 1:27).
Ian
- Ian, USA
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to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
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We bear the enormous responsibility to protect this great planet. We destroy with disregard but are amazed to see the dolls in museums.
Devi
- Devi, Santa Fe, NM
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To be human is to have reason and a sense of self; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Kristen
- Kristen, Maryland
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Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
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Is to love and forgive.
Mike Cayot
- Mike Cayot, Unknown
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An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
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Being human means having feelings like: happiness, anger, stress, anxiety, depression, sadness ,nervousness , and being scared
Kristin Daniels
- Kristin Daniels, WSANEC Leadership Secondary School
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Our 3 brains in 1, we have traits from reptiles mammals and primates. Our conscience makes us human and sets us apart from all others.
Cathy Burks Stogner
- Cathy Burks Stogner, Mooresville, NC USA
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The change of our bodies throughout the years,using tools and weapons,and our brain size increasing when we eat meat make us human.
Megan
- Megan, Arizona
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To be human, is to believe that there is a Creator of the Universe Whom bring out something from nothing.
Azrin Afandi
- Azrin Afandi, Singapore
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To be human is to take care of the individuals of our own species, be they the disabled, the elder, or the dead ones.
gas
- gas, Spain
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To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
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the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
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to be able to have & express emotions in words & body language, and to understand the emotions of others by their words & body language
Rachel
- Rachel, United States
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To be human is to live by more than just a fight or flight instinct.
Jane Doe
- Jane Doe, Boston, MA
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ability to think and rethink and extrapolate the result of an action in different situations.
pradyot Kr. Biswas
- pradyot Kr. Biswas, Kolkata,India
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Being human means to have an empathetic, emotional, intelligent process for interpreting and responding to the world around us.
Andrew
- Andrew, South Carolina
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A human is a being that can walk upright and has the ability to think and create.
Ariana
- Ariana, Springfield, MA
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What is a hairless dog or a tree to a neuron? Is a bird a flue or computer a chip? Human existence is a unique experience.
Allen Cross
- Allen Cross, 59601
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To be a human is to be able to think critically and act according to it; to learn and discover things around us; and to live and enjoy life.
Jeanalyn
- Jeanalyn, Illinois
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To BE Human is to Love. To simply and wholly Love.
Jacob
- Jacob, Kentucky
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Being human is a gift.
Natalie Kristine
- Natalie Kristine, Buenos Aires, Earth
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Versatility and creativity.
Victoria Ayers
- Victoria Ayers, Willaimsport PA
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Bein human means to have a brain, walk upright and be able to fend for yourself alone.
juan carlos
- juan carlos, cali
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Being connected to people and taking care of them is what makes us human.
Ghithi
- Ghithi, Oman
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Being human means that we try to understand one another and communicate with each other by speaking languages and writing.
Soha
- Soha, Portland, OR
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We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
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What it means to me to be human is to do the things that interest you. You only have one life so why not do the things you want to do?
Bryan Lomeli
- Bryan Lomeli, Torrance, CA
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We are aware of our own existence.
Frankie
- Frankie, oklahoma
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to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
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We determine our fate and destiny. We explore what our minds can understand. Then we must do what we can to contribute to the whole...
Jeremy Pauhl
- Jeremy Pauhl, Hamilton, Canada
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