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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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A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
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Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
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To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
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To use social skills, be able to use our brain for complex uses, and creating, and/or using tools for a better and easier human life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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To be sentient of your surroundings. Also, to be rational.
Kara
- Kara, Colorado
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We are all one family, doesn't matter the species.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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Words don't even come close, because to be human is not a meaning, it's a feeling.
Hubert Meeker
- Hubert Meeker, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
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To experience the impossibles.
Marie C
- Marie C, Portland - RHS
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To be human, means that we are not perfect. We make mistakes, get hurt, mess up again and again. But that's what makes us human.
Lyssi
- Lyssi, Wisconsin
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Being human is to do what a normal human would do. If you were born a human you are the same with different features.
Jason
- Jason, Johannesburg
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To be human is to exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
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Being human means changing what you do according to the environment that you live in.
Becca
- Becca, Sigourney
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To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
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To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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To be human is to learn about life and choose to believe in the evolution, believe in God, or to believe in something else. We have choices.
Chloe
- Chloe , some where you dont need to know
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Humans love, hope, fear, and respect other humans, for the most part. They know they are mortal, and are inherently good.
Elliott Hayes
- Elliott Hayes, Annapolis, Maryland
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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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It means that you are straight up and have a small jaw and big brain.
Jeff
- Jeff, North Korea
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To be human is to be full of life.
Nayma
- Nayma, Inglewood
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The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
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Our species all have a somewhat selfish goal; to satisfy our wants. Humans, we long for fulfillment something worth living for, purpose.
aswali
- aswali, va
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To have the ability to transcend our basic needs and feel for others in selfless manners and act on those motives: love.
Jonathan Hall
- Jonathan Hall, Chicago, Illinois
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It is a bounty of characteristics with a mind which can infinitely follow actions of any kind and wrap itself in amazing or melancholy skin.
David Brault
- David Brault, New York
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To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
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Being a human might sound easy but with being a human come a lot of responsibilities.
Jovany R.
- Jovany R., Roosevelt high school Portland Oregon
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It means that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
Torrance
- Torrance , CA
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to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
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To know that there is a future, actively seek change, have awareness of death and therefore invent gods and demons.
Adalberto Benavides
- Adalberto Benavides, Saltillo, Mexico
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humans have been created in the image of God therefor they are made to follow the image of God to sub create life.
18
- 18, texas
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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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To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
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The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
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Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
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To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
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Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
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Walk upright, learn and share information, and shape the world around is
Carson
- Carson, Coronado, CA
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Humans are made up of the material part (body), but also the unique immaterial part (soul), reflecting God's image, like a mirror.
Lydia Adank
- Lydia Adank, South Carolina
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We are a part of a larger living organism. The Universe. We have a small part to play. Maybe the pollanation of other planets.
Michael O'Neill
- Michael O'Neill, Ireland
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To be a human means to be able to communicate, advance technology and love each others differences.
Sage
- Sage , NC
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