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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 being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
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To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
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To think logically.
Mason
- Mason, California
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To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
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God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
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gang gang
to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, to almost think about yourself.
Vicky Anderson
- Vicky Anderson , Singapore
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To be human means to walk upright, to have our skeleton shape, being intelegent, andto be unique.
korey
- korey, springfield ma
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It means wanting to know why, how, what and where and having the ability and drive to answer those questions.
Abby
- Abby, Oregon
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Being human is having a life that you have to look after at all times you have dutys to do you need to be responsible of your own life.
Seethan
- Seethan, Johannesburg
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To be human, is to believe that there is a Creator of the Universe Whom bring out something from nothing.
Azrin Afandi
- Azrin Afandi, Singapore
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We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
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Being human is to be part of something so mysterious, beautiful, terrifying, humbling and spiritual; with free will.
Jay
- Jay, C'sted, Virgin Islands
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To know why we are born as Humans, to prove the cause by ourselves and finally to educate other humans too about that cause.
Bairoji Shiva Kumar
- Bairoji Shiva Kumar, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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I think it means having emotions of anger sadness and empathy. It also means loving people.
Tapiwa Banganayi
- Tapiwa Banganayi , Sacred Heart College
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Imagination
Mematron
- Mematron, New York
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To be a mammal but also a civilized person
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- cant say, cant say
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To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
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To cook
Ilse
- Ilse, Mexico
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we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
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The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
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To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
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Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
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Humans are innovative. We come up with ideas every day. Humans also communicate. We do it verbally and with hand gestures.
ATSL
- ATSL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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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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Made in the image of God, put on this Earth for His purposes and glory.
John
- John, 3:16
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The ability to know how little we actually know.
Jessica
- Jessica, Brainerd, Minnesota
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To be human means to think and be creative, to love, to be spontaneous. To know the difference between good and evil.
Bekka
- Bekka, St. Louis
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To know where one comes from, to be mindful of the future, and ever aware of both in the present.
Brandon Watson
- Brandon Watson, Montgomery, Alabama
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The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
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The recognition of self, the conscious being, and all the rational and irrational thinking that comes with this consciousness.
Wade Dodson
- Wade Dodson, Perth, Western Australia
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Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
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To have such a diverse population. Humans don't all speak the same language, don't always see eye to eye. We're destructive sometimes.
Alydia
- Alydia, Iqualuit, Nunavut
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I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, USA
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To not be any other animal or life form and know it.
Hulon
- Hulon, Rialto
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to be human we have to be domeinit and intelligent in order to survive and know how to survive
kevin
- kevin, new york
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It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
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What does it mean to be human? That depends on what you mean by human? Our art separates us from everything that has ever lived.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, United Kingdom
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Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
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