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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 human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
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In order to be human, one must have the ability to communicate, contribute to society, and to have a good conscience.
Jake
- Jake , CA
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to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
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I think that the human created by God. It means that human is God's creature.
Jung
- Jung, South Korea
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Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
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to think to love to laugh
MArk
- MArk, UK
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near the end of a long line
Denis
- Denis, floreda
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Being human is to be able to interact with each other, to live beyond basic survival, and to be able to harness the resources around us.
Tyler
- Tyler, Portland
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Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
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eating nachos
iman
- iman, jess
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To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
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Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
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the ability to plan, figure things out and then being able to do them as no other animal can
Tom C
- Tom C, Syracuse, NY
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To be human is the unique and unrepeatable opportunity to think about what you are and be aware of it
Diego Sanchez
- Diego Sanchez, Asuncion, Paraguay
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To be human means to believe in God.
Kathy
- Kathy, Alexandria
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It means to, sadly, not be a magical wizard!
Jo
- Jo, Indiana
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To spread Gods word and to live and love
Joshua Reddy
- Joshua Reddy , South Africa
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it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
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Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
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to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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what means to be a human is that it means god was the person who made everyone and me.
briana
- briana, 1/82 favona road mangere
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How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
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To be human means experiencing war, famine, chaos, and disaster. Being human also means being able to overcome it all.
Rose Hogeweide
- Rose Hogeweide, Portland, Oregon
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To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
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To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
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Self-awareness, the realization that we are mortal, are key aspects.
Paulo
- Paulo, Portugal
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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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What it means to be human is to walk on to feet, to speak, and to interact with other human species.
peyton
- peyton, us
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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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The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
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It means to do what your Creator want from you to do.
Abbas
- Abbas, Pakistan
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To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
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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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To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
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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 most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
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To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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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 the recipient of an unsolicited miracle.
Adam
- Adam , Cedar Grove, NJ
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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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