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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 a bi-pedal terrestrial mammal.
Gary Baxel
- Gary Baxel, Joshua Tree, CA
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To be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
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The greek word for human is anthropos, a combination of two words meaning the one who looks up. Humanity development.
Chris
- Chris, Cyprus
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Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
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To think about our choices.
Mark T.
- Mark T., Worcester, MA
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Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
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Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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To have the ability to complain.
Wort
- Wort, Rockville, Maryland
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You have a heart that pumps blood through your veins and your entire body. You make offspring unlike birds with eggs.
Vehbi
- Vehbi, Turkey
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To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
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Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
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Each human is different and special. You won't find another yourself in the whole world. This is what I think it means to be human.
Katrina Kaif
- Katrina Kaif, Hong Kong
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To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
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being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
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To be human is to question.
David Masters
- David Masters, Kiev
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To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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To be human is to feel, love, create, conquer, and believe.
Ty
- Ty, Astoria, Oregon
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To be human is the ability to express emotions, the ability to know what is right and wrong.
Sihle
- Sihle , Sacred Heart College
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To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
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Biogenesis:a complex being from other humans via reproduction. Their self-awareness, grasp of metaphysical, communication distinguish them.
Elisa
- Elisa, Boston, MA USA
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To serve God and to better the world around us.
Luke
- Luke, Charlotte, NC
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To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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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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What it means to me, is that you love, you fall, you get back up, and you push through. The human race is filled with items.
#invinciblenick
- #invinciblenick, Australia
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It means that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
Torrance
- Torrance , CA
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To be a human is to have working organisms
Jez
- Jez, Whitehorse
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To be human is to exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
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To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
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part of this earth arising from it, and able to look out with awe and wonder
Hugh matheson
- Hugh matheson, Kenora ON
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It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
Felix Daverio
- Felix Daverio, NSW
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Knowing I am created in the image of God, which connects me to every human ever conceived, or who ever will be.
Sharon Clement
- Sharon Clement, Kansas City
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be born, contribute/improve mother earth, discover, reproduce.
adrian
- adrian, florida
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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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Being human means the ability to be empathetic, yet not understand each other at all.
Katy
- Katy, California
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adaption,tools,fire,bipedalism,disconnected from our true home and nature,expressing emotion in extremes,surpassing nature
me
- me, usa
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A human is truly human when he follows God
yousap
- yousap, yousap
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To be human is to feel feelings and have the ability to have empathy for another.
Christine R
- Christine R, Boston
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To be a human means to live your life like a true animal in society
Perry
- Perry, India
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Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
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