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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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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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Expression, we create simply for the purpose of creating.
Mike
- Mike, Tempe, AZ
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to be naive, to make mistake, to be imperfect but to learn from your mistakes and grow your mind set to be perfect.
yeng lor
- yeng lor, arvada, colorado
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i think it means to be human is to evolve
dsmith
- dsmith, altantes
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Who lives with innovative things, helping to others, good relations with love & affection and maintain ethics is the meaning of human.
G v ramulu, c/o Sandeep Guttikonda
- G v ramulu, c/o Sandeep Guttikonda, 8601, AL DE BURGH, HENRICO, RICHMON, VIRGINIA
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It means to be happy and healthy,to survive,and to love qnd care for others also to live life to the fullest
Loyality
- Loyality , Bronx
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Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
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Being human is a responsibility to show compassion to all your distant relatives, no matter what branch of the tree they sit on.
Skeet Freeman
- Skeet Freeman, Bowling Green, KY
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to be a human and what makes u unique from everything else is that we can do things ourselves.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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To be human is to be comfortable in ones own skin. To seek perfection in someone or in yourself,is, to me, inhumane.
Tanya Kaseke
- Tanya Kaseke, Johannesburg, South Afric
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Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
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i think what it means to be a human is to make mistake and by making them adapt into the environment
marcus
- marcus, melbourne
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It means that we are made in the image of God, the Creator.
Jerry
- Jerry, Virginia
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Wonder about, observe & explore nature; communicate; educate; Extend our senses and abilities thru tech. Create music, art.
Dan
- Dan, NH
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Laughter, Smiles, Thoughtfulness towards others and thoughtfulness about life, Sharing, Exploring, Learning, and Asking Questions
KDdidit
- KDdidit, Great Falls
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Of the homo genus. A superior animal due to our mind and conscious which allows us to think.
Manda
- Manda, Australia
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To be human means to be a complex intelligent mammal that uses a large brain and opposable thumbs to create tools to aid in our survival.
Andrew Mahaffie
- Andrew Mahaffie, Washington D.C
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The universe understanding itself.
kasey
- kasey, Erin, TN
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To deal with the knowledge that someday we are going to die, and there is nothing we can do about it, and we know nothing of it.
Zachary
- Zachary, Sweet
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To dream and be more than we are today in the future. To love eachother and to laugh. To design to meet human needs, wants and desires.
Carolynne
- Carolynne, Melbourne, Australia
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The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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formar parte de una rama evolutiva animal llamada homínidos.
encarnación
- encarnación, españa
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We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
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To have an living soul, given by God; to know God and His salvation through Jesus Christ, and to live life from that center.
Naomi
- Naomi, USA
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Large brains, opposable thumbs, and the ability to kill at a distance
Warren Norton
- Warren Norton, Massillon, Ohio
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It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
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to share and to take care of one another.
lena
- lena , location
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Being human means to have the ability of walking on two legs and to think creatively for all situations that appear.
noah
- noah, Springfield Renaissance school
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to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
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It means that you fully realize you aren't the only sentient person here and that you recognize everyone deserves compassion.
Dillon Vaughan
- Dillon Vaughan, Madras, Oregon
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To be human is to be complex, beautiful, ecstatic, sad, and hopeful all at once.
bobbie Coverman
- bobbie Coverman, Austin, Texas
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to do good and evil deeds.
helis
- helis, ca
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To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
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The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
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An Animal, who enough dare to think
Vinod
- Vinod, India
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To be human is to be a thread in the tapestry of consciousness.
Stephen
- Stephen , Ireland
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I think to be human is to learn from your mistakes. To learn and adapt.
Jacey Swanson
- Jacey Swanson, Ankeny, IA
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Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
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To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
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