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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 human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
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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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God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
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Being a human can mean so many things. Maybe its just literally being born a human or maybe it is something a lot deeper than that.
Moxie Evans
- Moxie Evans , Carpinteria
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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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The power to reason and make a choice
Timothy mantlow
- Timothy mantlow, Springfield Tn
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Being human means that you have the capability to think clearly and make conscious decisions for yourself, other than just surviving.
Danyel Tharakan
- Danyel Tharakan, Washington, D.C.
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Being human means to feel every emotion, especially deeper than any animal ever could. We're all different, and that's what makes us human.
Ruby
- Ruby, Woodburn, OR
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To be human is to have a sense of morality. An inherent sense of right and wrong, and to know that you are created for a purpose.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Greenville, SC
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To live, to cry, to die, to eat and to sleep. Caring for one another. Having each others back. To be social.
Andrew Campbell
- Andrew Campbell , Northern Ireland
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Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
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To have a written language and the ability to communicate through words and symbols. To be tame yet animalistic when necessary.
Alva Peguero
- Alva Peguero, San Diego, CA
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The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
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Accepting and denying what we will based on our own biases, despite the presence of opposing proof.
Tino S
- Tino S, United Kindom, Hatfield
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It means that you can talk walk and everything else. It also mean that you can take on the responsibility of walking on this earth.
liyah
- liyah, Evanston,Il
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A stunning fossil of a meme
to appreciate the spiciest memes
Rilie
- Rilie, Boston
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it means that we can eat as many cheeseburgers as we wish
hugh mongus
- hugh mongus, in your mom
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human beings are one of viruses favourite ways to make more viruses
chistletoe
- chistletoe, usa
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It means that you are able to communicate past unintelligible grunts and gurgles, also only species has its own stock market.
FrizzantE
- FrizzantE, Alberta
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We want to find meaning and purpose.
Alyssa
- Alyssa, Missouri
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To be human it means you have the same genetic structure and makeup, and nothing else can change that.
Austin Hed
- Austin Hed, Portland, Or
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Being human means that we have the capability to do anything that we want that other primates and animals can't do.
Nicole Han
- Nicole Han, California
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To be the best species
Cole
- Cole, Oelwein
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To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
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We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
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to think
ahmef
- ahmef, uae
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To be human is to be an individual. You dont have to be like others, you just have to be YOU!
Kimo
- Kimo, Aussieland
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Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
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To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
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To be made in the image of God and loved unconditionally
Eric
- Eric, Metz, France
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Self-awareness of mortality and denial of that truth through the use of religion.
Bodygrace
- Bodygrace , Texas
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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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A human is anyone who is a member of the Homo genus regardless of any other factors.
Mark
- Mark, Raleigh
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Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
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A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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to share knowledge no matter what that might be.
anon
- anon, theinterwebz
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To be Human is to be one of many expressions of Life on Planet Earth. Though our large brains certainly allow for some interesting ideas.
Cole
- Cole, Florida
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To glorify the creator of all living things.
JunKim
- JunKim, CA
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To be human means to overcome the challenges in life, achieve goals, fit into society, and to survive.
Cole
- Cole, Astoria, OR
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