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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 humane
Shin
- Shin, Seoul
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Being human means being able to show compassion to and feel empathy for others.
Emily Waldren
- Emily Waldren, Chicago, IL
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Humans are he transfer vehicle to complete earths long journey ahead, earth was always here and always be
Teddy the Greek
- Teddy the Greek, boston
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Language...
Tracy
- Tracy, Arkansas
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Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
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Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
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To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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To have free will. To be a free moral agent.
Shelly
- Shelly, Yarmouth, Me
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We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
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To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
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Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
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To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
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We are just a kind of animal having ability to think, to reason and communicate effectively.
Volkan Gülbeyaz
- Volkan Gülbeyaz, İzmir, TURKEY
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Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
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The answer has changed over time. Ages ago it meant to bury our dead, or to use art. Now it means to be able to answer this question.
Jonathan Abbatt
- Jonathan Abbatt, Ceiriog Valley, Wales
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To have the duty to glorify the God through worship. To trust IN HIM; rather than to trust in man's fallible, unproven theories.
Josiah
- Josiah, USA
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Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
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To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
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What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
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To be human is to understand morality and ethics.
Cindy D
- Cindy D, Rutgers-Newark
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Humanness is a trait that comes with a great deal of imputed responsibility. To be human is to be created in the image of the Creator.
Apologetics
- Apologetics , Greenville
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it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
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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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To be a human is to be able to realize that we are not perfect, make mistakes, but at the end learn from those mistakes and not repeat it
Jeny
- Jeny, Torrance, CA
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To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
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it means to be free . to be able to explore to learn important info.
zeleny
- zeleny, merced
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To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
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Our evolution and adaption, our complex way of living. It makes us what we are and we’re all the same, yet we're all so different.
Denisse Nava
- Denisse Nava, High Tech LA
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the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
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To be human means to be a bipedal mammal with a spoken language
Jack
- Jack, Pittsburg, CA
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It means we live and are alive?
Donald Trump
- Donald Trump, usa
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To be part of an intelligent species who self modifies evolution rules. Species makes robots to channel evolution to creative individuals.
Sheethal
- Sheethal, SD, CA
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To be human is to be intelligent, express creative and original ideas, and adapt.
Nick
- Nick, California
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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
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We are apes with language ...with the same biological drives just with sociocultural interpretations
django
- django, ohio
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Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
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When your human it means to be a mammal.A mammal has warm blood instead of cold blood like reptiles.Also humans are very intelligent.
Brad Cary
- Brad Cary, U.S.A
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You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
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It mean to live your life and follow your dream and worship God because he is the only one who can help you archive your desires.
Mpho Mudau
- Mpho Mudau, Secred heart college
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it means that, you have freedom and your own space in life
emily
- emily, portland
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