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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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It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
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Being human is being able to read, hear or see something and then being able to feel emotion from it.
Inigo
- Inigo, Australia
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The joy of existence in an elevated plane of understanding and our shame in not being able to find our footing in that plane
Donald
- Donald, Arizona
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Being human means to have complex thoughts and to be bipedal.
Brianna W.
- Brianna W., Belleville
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To be fearful
Valerie Perez
- Valerie Perez, Portland, OR
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To know where one comes from, to be mindful of the future, and ever aware of both in the present.
Brandon Watson
- Brandon Watson, Montgomery, Alabama
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To be able to ask what it means to live a good life.
Will L
- Will L, Boston, MA
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It means to be creative.
Bader
- Bader, Australia
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it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
It means to be part of a family, found on Planet Earth, we have relatives too but they live very far away, living in their own home too.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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He chooses the way of his life and the way of his manner according to sensations and emotions,but rarely he thinks! So he is a human!
Masoud Masserrat
- Masoud Masserrat, Iran
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The things that make us human are the mental things like how we think and the feelings that we have.
Matthew McAllister
- Matthew McAllister, School Without Walls
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Being a human means expressing joy and compassion to others.
Filis Fee
- Filis Fee, Houston, TX
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Are we human or are we dancers?
the killers
- the killers, music,
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To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
5
To create knowledge.
Ben
- Ben, MD
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It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
To have the most gifted abilities over all creatures.
Chirstopher
- Chirstopher, Mesa,AZ
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being able to communicate and make things because we are special animals can't make things
hannah
- hannah, brentwood, TN
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Being a human means to have the ability to use our brain to collect the resources from like, the the outside world to stay alive.
Alexis Pedro
- Alexis Pedro, woodburn
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To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
Shootin' stuff, smoking, drivin, eating french fries, drinkin beer n watchin football. Pretty much anything we can do that monkey's can't.
Greg
- Greg, Saranac Lake, New York
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5
To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
5