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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 it means to evolve and create new and wonderful things to aid our generations to come.
Franco Jimenez Martinez
- Franco Jimenez Martinez , South Africa
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being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
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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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It means no more or no less than being the dominant species at this moment in time.
Mike
- Mike, Baton rouge
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I believe what makes us human is our ability to contemplate eternity.
Lauren Elizabeth
- Lauren Elizabeth, Greenville, SC
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To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
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for me being a human is like learning and discovering many things that we don't know.and that makes us strong
allain gorembalem
- allain gorembalem, legapi philippines
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You aren't perfect; you make mistakes. You have the power to change if you have the courage, and you can do whatever you set your mind to.
Carly Rose
- Carly Rose, Portland, Oregon
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it means to breathe and move also to live
Annistacia
- Annistacia, MI
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A being that is distinguishable from an animal and insect. To have a soul that will live for eternity. To be made in the image of God.
Jacquelynne
- Jacquelynne, South Carolina
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To be human is to collectively pay homage to the past and create a dynamic future, while being uniquely aware of both.
Dan Chadwick
- Dan Chadwick, Falls Church, VA
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To be human is to seek a deeper meaning and emotion we do and see no matter how ordinary or complex it may be.
Immy
- Immy, London
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Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
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To be human is to think, feel, see, smell, hear, and taste what the world has to offer
Alex Bykovtsev
- Alex Bykovtsev, Santa Barbara California
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I think wat is means to be human is to have a sense of reason and to be able to be kind and care for others
Edith Chukwu
- Edith Chukwu , Sacred heart collage
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Having the free will to make moral choices for the common good or for ourselves alone.
Paul H
- Paul H, Fairfax, VA
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Live until you die.
M
- M, Malaysia
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I think being human is to be curious. In the past and in the presents humans have always wanted to learn and find out more.
Greg Andrews
- Greg Andrews, Australia
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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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A non-mutually exclusive experience of life.
David
- David, New York
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Being human means having a soul. Humans are the only beings with the divine love of truth and the power to investigate it comprehensively.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Philippines
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To be human means to be humane.
Uday Shah
- Uday Shah, Germany
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To be human is to make mistakes and realize that we live our lives based on freewill and not a machine/fate.
Phantumm
- Phantumm, CA
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You have to have a soul. thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. that means you have to feel stuff, like emotions. also, you are smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, seattle w.a.
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Scientifically, human beings are the most complex structures of biodiversity. From DNA to an organism, every discovery is always a marvel.
Vishnu Priya P L
- Vishnu Priya P L, Manchester, CT
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to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
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Humans, also recognized as homo sapiens are highly intelligent. Their brain allow them to do anything they please and create what they want
Jeffry Figueroa
- Jeffry Figueroa, Washington DC
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To have compassion, which means to have imagination.
Karen
- Karen, Raleigh, NC
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Being able to question why we are here and spend our lives finding out
Brii Tyler
- Brii Tyler, Western Australia
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Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
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It is our reason to be driven by our will to live. Being free is part of being human. Never giving up is one of our many impeccable traits.
Nora
- Nora, Canada
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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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Humanity is based on consciousness. To be human is to be conscious even if consciously ignoring our consciousness.
Jose Alcaraz
- Jose Alcaraz, Mexico
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Awarness of "the Other"
Susan Leigh
- Susan Leigh, Washington DC
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a higher organism
Fran
- Fran, Cleveland
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To be human is to be creative and independent and helpful
aidan
- aidan, Sacred heart collage
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To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
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To be able to make/use tools for not only survival but also convenience, and knowing how to share, learn, sympathize, and respect.
Jenny K.
- Jenny K., Torrance, CA
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The ability to express and share complex and abstract ideas through the use of language (written and/or oral) with others of the species.
Sandy
- Sandy, Australia
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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