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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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I think that the human created by God. It means that human is God's creature.
Jung
- Jung, South Korea
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whatever we desire it to be, because we are human. For most it is to find significance in their own insignificance
Cameron L Rattray
- Cameron L Rattray , london, England
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To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
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Our 3 brains in 1, we have traits from reptiles mammals and primates. Our conscience makes us human and sets us apart from all others.
Cathy Burks Stogner
- Cathy Burks Stogner, Mooresville, NC USA
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It means we are unique in every way is that we stick to each other.I proud to be a human then a deer getting hunt down/killed
DM
- DM, Ohio
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To be a being of God through an intelligent process which gives humans the ability to live and thrive.
Dr. Morcease J. Beasley
- Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, Covington, Georgia
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Being human is to live and explore the world and everything around you.
Rachel
- Rachel, Portland, OR
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To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
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When the abstract reasoning prevails over instincts, and also led us –guided by moral- to an enhanced enjoining of instincts
Manuel Vazquez
- Manuel Vazquez, Cuba
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To be human is to have freedom of choice and recognition of one self.
Kira
- Kira, Hawaii
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To know more than you should and think less than you could
F Cahill
- F Cahill, Dublin Ireland
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Being a spirit in a human body.
Ryan
- Ryan, WV
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To be human is to be capable of self-reflection and inquiry into the origins of the human phenomenon and human uniqueness
Rachel Z
- Rachel Z, La Jolla, CA
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what it means to be human is to experience, understand and explore
human
- human, Earth
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To treat all life on earth with respect so that our children also can enjoy the beauty of this fantastic planet.
Wim Hohage
- Wim Hohage, the Netherlands
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It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
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To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
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To be able to think and plan ahead for the future. To not be held back by simple instinct.
Jonathan Zackariah Moore
- Jonathan Zackariah Moore, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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to still be animal, but stand out among them.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
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To be human is know ourselves and what surrounds us
Antonio
- Antonio, Rimini, Italy
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it means to be the highest class of animals that God made to help Him manage the world that He created. :)))
Emem Cruz
- Emem Cruz, Philippines
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To be human means to use the ability of our minds and bodies to change the world and make it a better place.
JSNMLR
- JSNMLR, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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This exhibit showed me how the how human brains got bigger, and evolved to store more information and adapt to changes in our environment.
Olivia Baron
- Olivia Baron, Springfield, Missouri
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to have feelings and be very curios.
ionescu
- ionescu, romania
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Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
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Personally, being human is all about realizing our potential by understanding where we come from, although controversial.
Robel
- Robel , Maryland
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To be human is to be able to change the environment to meet our needs rather than adapt to the environment around us.
D'Juan Moreland
- D'Juan Moreland, Baltimore, MD
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it means to be an evolution of animals and as we evolved we improved and improved and are smart
Liam
- Liam, Einfield
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It's about shared symbolic worlds--images, language, sensations.
Diana
- Diana, Virginia
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Man is created in God's image to know God. Humans have 46 chromosomes. Gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans have 48.
Jim
- Jim, WI
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to be human is to be an agent of change, with the ability to create ideas and environments of our own conception.
Michael
- Michael, Connecticut
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To be human is to ask the question, "What does it mean to be human?"
Alex
- Alex, Storrs, CT
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To have an living soul, given by God; to know God and His salvation through Jesus Christ, and to live life from that center.
Naomi
- Naomi, USA
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We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
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Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
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That we are capable of making a mistake!
Salty dog
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
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It is a 30,000 year old hand print with red on the side to show the hand print it was on an light brown rocky wall
To be a human means that you to write, to understand of what the humans say. You learn how to respect to love and be the best you can be.
Joe
- Joe, California, Ca
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having the capacity to plan for the future, wonder, express ourselves creatively and the feel compassion for others
Olivia K
- Olivia K, Melbourne, Australia
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A test of what smarter primates could do.
Asad
- Asad, The United States of America
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