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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 means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, California
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You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
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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 Crosby
- Angus Crosby, Hong Kong
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live laugh love community destroy
Keith Johnson
- Keith Johnson, Ft. Lauderdale
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To have the genes of a human, pretty much the same as any other human. Feel free to add anything you like on top of that.
Dan
- Dan, Canberra
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To be a mammal but also a civilized person
cant say
- cant say, cant say
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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To have an living soul, given by God; to know God and His salvation through Jesus Christ, and to live life from that center.
Naomi
- Naomi, USA
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well for me it means that we have a lot of responsibilities in life and that we have a reason in life too
edgar
- edgar, Roosevelt High
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To be a human means to live your life like a nature's true human.
simaranjit singh
- simaranjit singh, ludhiana
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I think being humanness means a sinful creature. Being human is to exist in the image of God and to exist with the purpose of finding God
Kristi
- Kristi, Israel
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Being human is making mistakes and learning from them.
Ayden gardnerhattingh
- Ayden gardnerhattingh, Sacred Heart College
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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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The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
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Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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Art and mathematics
I have no idea what this means.
- I have no idea what this means., Colorado Springs, CO
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To be human means to love and be compassionate. It means being a team player for survival.
Amanda
- Amanda, Camden, Ohio
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The ability to decide to control our emotions and reactions to stimulus or let them control us.
Bruce
- Bruce, Shenandoah Valley, VA
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to be humanist atheist rational, o love all beings
Loay Ashry
- Loay Ashry, Egypt
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It means we can problem solve and have the ability to impact the world
Belton
- Belton, In this bitch
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To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
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ability to: infer, moral decisions distinguish btwn. moral action, choice, spiritual nature, persuasive communication, creative
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
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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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my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
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To have every characteristics discerning human from any other species close or far different from humans.
Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo
- Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo, Nigeria
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To take in air, and breath out change, and to interact and require main nessecities.
Lolo
- Lolo, NC
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to be human means to be the first animal who questions itself and search its own origin
adam
- adam, spain
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To be a species who holds some of the greatest prejudice against their own kind, but has some of the greatest capacity for love ever seen.
Samantha Smith
- Samantha Smith, Alburtis, Pennsylvania
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To be different from one another
Iris
- Iris, La
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To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
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As humans we have the ability to comprehend that we exist with millions of other species and that our actions affect all living things.
Greg L
- Greg L, Memphis, TN
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to be made in the image of God the being who spoke stars into existence
kelsey
- kelsey, virginia
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Being human means we have the ability to think, reason and plan. It also means we rarely ever use these abilities.
Michael
- Michael, Madison, Wisconsin
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Judging by our history so far, and by how well we think of ourselves, rather than "Homo Sapiens" I think we are "Homo Egoisticus."
Christine Demarais
- Christine Demarais, Burlington, Vermont
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It's great to be human because we are very smart. Our brains are very advanced. We also have a longer childhood.
Gillian L
- Gillian L, Belleville
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Having the free will to make moral choices for the common good or for ourselves alone.
Paul H
- Paul H, Fairfax, VA
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Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
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