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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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Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
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Genji Shimada
- Genji Shimada, Hanamura
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To be human is to be able to think in abstract and put it in motion.
Janet Smith
- Janet Smith, Washington DC
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To be human is to wonder, think, understand, and create.
Mico
- Mico, Gaithersburg, MD
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Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
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We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
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part of this earth arising from it, and able to look out with awe and wonder
Hugh matheson
- Hugh matheson, Kenora ON
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Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
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Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
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A sentient being that has transcendental quality to connect and to 'see' beyond and be homey with it.
chintya huanguos
- chintya huanguos, Jakarta, Indonesia
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To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
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compassion, curiosity, optimism, and the tendency to have anxiety, be diplomatic, have wonder, and want to leave a legacy
Alex
- Alex, Chico
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i think it means to enjoy life and be the higher species.
caleb funk
- caleb funk, sweethome oregon 97386
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A sense of mortality. No other animal is aware of it and this inescapable fact has shaped everything in our lives.
Mikey m
- Mikey m , Rochester new york
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
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to be on top of the world food chain and to fight for our rights and live together in peace
me
- me, nc
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To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
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To have consciousness.
Maralee
- Maralee, Silver Spring, MD
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It means to be humans to be free is a life of exploring thore the world around us
Reopla
- Reopla, Frowkakdkw
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To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
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It is to struggle between the spirit and the flesh. To desire to follow God while feeling the tug of the pleasures of the world.
Darcy
- Darcy, Greenville, South Carolina
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What it means to me, is that you love, you fall, you get back up, and you push through. The human race is filled with items.
#invinciblenick
- #invinciblenick, Australia
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To be human means to have intelligence and faith in yourself and others
Alizet
- Alizet, Sprinfield,MA
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Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
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To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
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Being human means being the last natural evolution step towards intelligence. The next step being artificial, not "natural", evolution.
Jorge L S Leão
- Jorge L S Leão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
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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 with the ability to ask the question "who and what am I".
David L. Jones
- David L. Jones, Ga.
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To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
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To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
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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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To be human is to experience the way of life and see how it turns out in the end. The turnout in the end is how you chose to live.
Marie C.
- Marie C., Portland-RHS
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It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
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It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
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BEING A HOOMAN MEENS TO BE ABEL TO WALK ON TOO LEGS AND PICK THINGS UP WITH ORE HANDS. MERICA! THATS WHY.
Barry
- Barry, Johnson
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Being human means being proud and strong, thankful for living on our planet Earth. That is what it means to be human.
Deegan Winkelman
- Deegan Winkelman, Fraser MI
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Shadow of family cast by vert. bands of blue and yellow light. Dad holds phone.
“Being” human requires self-awareness, emotion, curiosity, creativity, & adaptability. Knowing, feeling, wondering, dreaming, achieving.
Johanna Oakes
- Johanna Oakes, Spokane, WA
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To have free will.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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