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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 put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
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To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
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Being human means that we have the ability to move bipedally, hunt, protect our loved ones, create, destroy, think, and have feelings.
Kristina Ramos
- Kristina Ramos, California
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to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
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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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Self awareness
Jack
- Jack, Oklahoma
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BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
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It means we are smarter with the ability to use symbolic language and we must survive on technology or we could be extinct or endangered.
Morgan Berard
- Morgan Berard, Maine
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Being Human is that we are Made in the Image of God. It is our common heritage no matter how old the universe or earth or life on earth is.
Rich Henkle
- Rich Henkle, Medellin, Colombia
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It means that you need to learn, help, be kind, and to be super calm.
John
- John, NYC, New York
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I think that being human is having the ability to analyze, communicate through spoken language and writing, and express and feel emotions.
Impana S.
- Impana S., College Park, Maryland
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Create and share stories.
Bella
- Bella, Indonesia
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Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
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to be human means to be understand mutual correlation among creatures, creation, and creator
Kus Bintoro
- Kus Bintoro, Jakarta
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Just to living your life and be alive!!!!(:
Morgan Price
- Morgan Price, Fillmore, In
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Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
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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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Being human means to be a woman it means to have an advanced brain to contemplate our own existance and to walk think and work
k.bizzle
- k.bizzle, new york
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If I'm disgusted by love, I feel still it, proving it isn't a construct of the mind like evolutionists like to believe.
Eric
- Eric, Alabama
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Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
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An Animal, who enough dare to think
Vinod
- Vinod, India
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To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
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Humans are social we are capable of love, hope, and sympathy. And thats what keeps us alive, the ability to stay together through emotions.
Nora
- Nora, Portland, OR
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It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
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To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
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To have free will.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
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To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
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Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
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Being human is being connected to others through relationships that vary in their degree of centrality to our everyday living.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving Universe.
Trisha Freiermuth
- Trisha Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL
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Superiority to other life forms makes us human.We embark in a quest for uniqueness.
Daniel
- Daniel, Douglas, AZ
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It means being part of the most prolific, ever advancing and limitless species known to live on planet earth.
almjr
- almjr, Florida, US
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To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
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we have an education that will take us through the right paths and get good things out of it.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
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It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
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To learn about the world around us and be the caretaker of the Earth.
Alexandra Clement
- Alexandra Clement, Toronto, On
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Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
Francesco
- Francesco, Italy
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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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