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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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For us to be human we use language. We have complex languages that takes us to think and communicate with each other. And our Brain!
Stephen E
- Stephen E, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
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To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
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Living on the knife edge between the ancient biological forces that shaped us and the modern social & cultural forces that oppose them.
Scott
- Scott, Summerville, SC
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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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The greek word for human is anthropos, a combination of two words meaning the one who looks up. Humanity development.
Chris
- Chris, Cyprus
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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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Put your underwear on one leg at a time.
Lily
- Lily, Chicago, IL
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We use tools to create other tools
Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
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a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
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to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
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That we should be consious of the vulnerability of our homeplanet and the lifeforms that are on it.
rob van der vlugt
- rob van der vlugt, holland
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A human is a being that can walk upright and has the ability to think and create.
Ariana
- Ariana, Springfield, MA
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Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
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To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
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Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
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A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
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To be human means to be created in the image of God with a body, soul, and spirit with emotions, morals, and the ability to reason
Becca
- Becca, SC
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the ability to communicate with language
zoran
- zoran, sydney
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To be human means to think, reason and feel emotion. To be human is to know what is morally right. To be human is to love others.
Cara
- Cara, Camden, TN
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Being human means to be made in God's image not that of animals, and that we have the opportunity to see Him one day
Josh Clark
- Josh Clark, Asheville, North Carolina
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Art , is the answer.
hal9000
- hal9000, internet
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
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To have a soul that has been placed in us by the God of Heaven!!! To believe that he sent his son to save all the people of the world.
Scott
- Scott, Meadville,Pa
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To be loved, to love, experience, make mistakes, and to prevail, despite our shortcomings.
Savannah
- Savannah, Coronado, CA
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It means language, fire control, clothing, knowledge, inner control and, above all, God seeking.
Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez
- Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia
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Humans are animals with something more, something we can't even comprehend, that makes us able to question and understand.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Amherst, MA
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being human is making mistakes in this game of life we are all playing.
George
- George, Texas
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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 express ones ideas and improve ones life beyond that of just surviving.
Brendan
- Brendan, St. Louis
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human-an interactive life form that has five senses and the ability to communicate, use technology, and think.
Dominic
- Dominic, massachusetts
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Self awareness
Jack
- Jack, Oklahoma
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To be human means to bring about positive change with our large brain capacity and to help and love others
Madison
- Madison, British Columbia
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Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
Francesco
- Francesco, Italy
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With are brains we con think and make the world better
Dylan & Dennis
- Dylan & Dennis, Bristol, Wisconsin
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To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
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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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Humans are social we are capable of love, hope, and sympathy. And thats what keeps us alive, the ability to stay together through emotions.
Nora
- Nora, Portland, OR
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human beings are one of viruses favourite ways to make more viruses
chistletoe
- chistletoe, usa
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To be a human, it means to have strong beliefs and feelings, and to express yourself in anyway you like.
Meghan
- Meghan, New Jersey
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