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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 have a purpose for God. TO spread the gospel
Noah
- Noah, US
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The only character that distinguishes human from other animals is his ability to creat or interpret symbols.
Jamshid
- Jamshid, Los Angeles,CA
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To be human is to err.
Carter
- Carter, Maryland
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We are just a kind of animal having ability to think, to reason and communicate effectively.
Volkan Gülbeyaz
- Volkan Gülbeyaz, İzmir, TURKEY
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To know that we can accomplish anything, love, learn, reason, critically think, and realize how our actions impact others.
Meredith
- Meredith, Oregon
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take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
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I don't think there is a set meaning to being human we all are different and think different things, being different from others
Kayla
- Kayla, Idaho
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To be human is to be imperfect in an otherwise perfect world.
Rose
- Rose, Maine
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To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
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...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
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the ability to change the world
Lizzy Case
- Lizzy Case, Downingtown, PA
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Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
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Being human is to have a soul; to experience emotions, empathy, morality, and to have a desire to be part of a community.
Kailey
- Kailey, Marshfield, WI
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To be human is to be able to not be perfect. To sometimes just give up without fear of death.
Gregor
- Gregor, Portland OR
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To be human means to socialize. By socializing, we help each other to live, which grows bonds. In turn, bonds create trust and growth.
KMJR
- KMJR, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
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It means to be part of a family, found on Planet Earth, we have relatives too but they live very far away, living in their own home too.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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God's Creation
Gayle
- Gayle, Virginia
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Humans have a desire to make meaning out of life, an urge that probably doesn't preoccupy other animals.
Muriel
- Muriel, Durham, NC
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To serve God and to better the world around us.
Luke
- Luke, Charlotte, NC
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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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The ability to express and share complex and abstract ideas through the use of language (written and/or oral) with others of the species.
Sandy
- Sandy, Australia
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Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
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Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions
Ansar
- Ansar, Woodburn
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To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
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It means you have a brain with a well developed frontal cortex
Gandha key
- Gandha key, London, UK
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It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
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It means to explore and be free and go to school for children and learn things.
Ariadna
- Ariadna, SanDiego
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To be human means to use our minds and instincs swell.
Benjamin Ryan
- Benjamin Ryan, Massachusettes, Springfield
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Sitting behind a monitor, thinking about an abstract question someone at the other side of the globe just asked you.
Gert-Jan
- Gert-Jan, Netherlands
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I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
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Being human means being born to die
Tearra Ferguson
- Tearra Ferguson, North Carolina
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Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
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As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
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I believe being human is to have an enhanced technological, intellectual and social experience
Parsa
- Parsa, Beaverton
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Being human is to do what a normal human would do. If you were born a human you are the same with different features.
Jason
- Jason, Johannesburg
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To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
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Meaning being one thing that can be overcome others. no human is perfect, but can be better then others.
chaT
- chaT, OR
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Language...
Tracy
- Tracy, Arkansas
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