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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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Jose L. Cuevas
- Jose L. Cuevas, Berwyn
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To be Human is to Understand. To understand our world, to understand each other, to be flawed so we know what it's like to be flawed
Ben.T
- Ben.T, Blackburn HS Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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To be human is to be an individual. You dont have to be like others, you just have to be YOU!
Kimo
- Kimo, Aussieland
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Being a human is being able to make connections with others and caring about them.
Mind
- Mind, OR
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to be a human is the greatest thing ever!!!!!!!!
noah nadi 11 years old
- noah nadi 11 years old, foothill ranch CA
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In China to be human is to get a good ATAR, but in Korea to be human is to win the League of Legends world cup. With love, from paper
paper
- paper, NEW SOUTH WHALES, AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, CREMONE
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Having a conscience
Mary Miller
- Mary Miller, New York State
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to me, to be human is to be smart and new.
alexandria
- alexandria, portland, or/ roosevelt high school
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Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
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To wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
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Being human in mortality means to be able to become like our Father in Heaven.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Texas
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to be snobby & think you are superior to animals.
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- ~~~~, hellas planitia, mars
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To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
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To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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To decide if you will be one who makes life better for yourself or for others, and then discovering what everyone looks for in death.
Jarrod, Age 15
- Jarrod, Age 15, Seattle, WA, USA
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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
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Humans are primates, a continually evolving animal who's spiritual and intellectual development has made him the most vicious animal of all.
Derrick Schnur
- Derrick Schnur, Peoria, Arizona
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Being human is having a complex theory. And have that theory evolve over time. Have that theory explain where we came from.
Matt
- Matt, Kalbarri
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It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
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We create tools for different uses, are social, can communicate, record, and express our thoughts and ideas with language and symbols.
Allison
- Allison, HTLA High School, California
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It means to be able to work and cooperate together.
Sam
- Sam, Portland, OR
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To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
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It means you breathe oxygen and bleed blood.
Amy
- Amy, Purvis
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To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
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Being human means making mistakes. being human is not only making mistakes, but also learning from these mistakes and correcting them.
Juan Gutierrez
- Juan Gutierrez, Portland, Oregon
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To be human is being whole; ones subliminal majesty and inner kindling determines ones holistic existence.
Chad Bernal
- Chad Bernal , Madison, Connecticut
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To be human is to be able to love
Park
- Park , Colorado
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
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To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
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to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
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it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
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Being human means having a capacity to both learn and teach, and to make rational decisions tempered by emotions.
James
- James, Elmsdale, PE
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It means that we have been made higher than the animals, given breath and special abilities to thrive.
Leah
- Leah, NC
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To be human is what we as a species has always been capable to do: Observe, Evolve and compare through cultural relativism.
Devon Smith
- Devon Smith, Arkansas
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To be human is being smart and we are more advanced then animals and have more skills then animal.
Rithik
- Rithik, Johannesburg
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To eventually understand that all of our fellow humans are of equal worth and value. Inequality is thus inhuman.
A Human
- A Human, Planet Earth
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It´s means that we have the hability of collective learning
GenaroBar
- GenaroBar, México City
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To be human is to be able to wonder at what it means to be human.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Minneapolis, MN
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To be made in the image of God and loved unconditionally
Eric
- Eric, Metz, France
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