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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 human is to look at my eyes and see the universe.
Eduardo Romero p.
- Eduardo Romero p., Colombia
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Being humans is having a unique form of communication and ability to learn and teach. Narrow pelvis and fluid bi pedal walking = human
Zach
- Zach, Heeger
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Human is who can think, act, and develop. It can be told in a physical sense and a psychological sense.
Yeelim
- Yeelim, S. Korea
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our desire for meaning and eternity makes us what we are- human that is.
emmalyn
- emmalyn, Manila, Philippines
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To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
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Humans are able to use our brains for tasks no other animals can. Those tasks include tool making, innovating technology, and communication.
Alex
- Alex, Portland, OR
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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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It means that we have been created in the image of God. We are not animals at all. We are as far from it as we can get.
Catherine
- Catherine, Alabama
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my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
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Graecopithecus freybergi is going to be censored soon. It is a racist scientific finding, and doesn't fit the narrative.
Pepe Kek's Prophet
- Pepe Kek's Prophet, Kekistan
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To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
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To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
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We are smart.
Aleksey
- Aleksey, Moscow
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To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
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To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
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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 seek eternal happiness and have kindness and compassion for all positivity and life around us.
Ashley
- Ashley, UK
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We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
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To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
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To be human is to know that God made me to know Him, to love Him and be happy with Him in the next life.
Hal M.
- Hal M., Boston, MA
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live, breathe, know people, and survive.
Seamus
- Seamus , Murphy
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To enjoy life while it lasts. Also make mistakes, build, destroy things. To love every single view that you see. To make history!
Alicia
- Alicia, Milwaukee, WI
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Steven Hawking
To be human is to believe in the capacity for human decency and accomplishment—with or without "God."
Robert Reid
- Robert Reid, Chicago
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To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
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Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
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to not be liberal
the legend 27
- the legend 27, CA
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
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To be sentient of your surroundings. Also, to be rational.
Kara
- Kara, Colorado
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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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It means you can make memes
Name
- Name, Location
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It means to be made in the image and likeness of God, have free will and be blessed with a conscience.
Amanda Tran
- Amanda Tran, Waterville, ME
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To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
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To be human is to be conceited and to experience pain and suffering until the sweet release of death.
Charlie
- Charlie, Sheepleville
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To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
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To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
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Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
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To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
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Being human means you have to accomplish something good in your life and inspire the new generation to make the world a better place.
Diego
- Diego, Canada
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A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
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