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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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to be shattered and to try to fix the unfix-able. we are all shattered and trying to fix ourselves but we are broken so it doesn't work
Talia
- Talia, Australia
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Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
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To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
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Live...lift the fallen,cloth the naked,feed the hungry,visit the sick,shut in/outcaste
eugene
- eugene, or
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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 is being in the likeness of the creator. Our likeness sets us apart from the rest of creation and makes us human.
Samantha
- Samantha, SC
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To be human is to have brains capable of more than fight or flight.
Maya Kapelus
- Maya Kapelus , Johannesburg, South Africa
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There is no meaning. Nothing that is supernatural exists.
Gregory Breytenbach
- Gregory Breytenbach, Australia
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To be human is to use our brain to evolve beyond our 600 million years of animal past and become part of a sustainable mosaic of life.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh, North Carolina
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To make mistakes, learn from them, and realize what went wrong in order to go in the right direction.
Kathleen Jackson
- Kathleen Jackson, Inwood, WV
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To have free will.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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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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To be human is to be aware of oneself, living, supporting, providing for oneself and others in contribution to the entire human community.
Jason
- Jason, Brim
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It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
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Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
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To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
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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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To be human is different from being a person, being human is based on the shared and differing anatomical characteristics.
AnthroArch
- AnthroArch, Brighton
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
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The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
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Being human means that we try to understand one another and communicate with each other by speaking languages and writing.
Soha
- Soha, Portland, OR
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Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
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Humans (and some of our ancestors) are the only animals that can use and manipulate fire.
Sean
- Sean, Portland, OR
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Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
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Human is inteligence. To know what one sees in DMT altered state of consciousness, is the psychedelic side effects, not spiritual answers.
ice
- ice, BC
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
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To make mistakes and be forgiven.
This Guy
- This Guy, US
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Bearing the image of God
Grace
- Grace, South Carolina
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To have self-contol. To feel guilt, greed, and love more than other animals. We are the same species but are different in our own ways.
Sylvia Gisler
- Sylvia Gisler, Washington, DC
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To be human means to have a higher intellectual ability than other animals, while also having emotion, as well as logic.
Noah Terry
- Noah Terry, NJ
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To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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It means we have self awareness at a greater level than any other being.
m
- m, new jersey
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Being human is one of the most beautiful and fascinating phenomena. Each timely adaptation led us to being the most advanced species known.
Ariana
- Ariana, Bethesda, MD
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To be human is an experienced allowed by the ability to feel, reason, and act. Feelings prompt reasoning that prompts action.
Fabian Diaz
- Fabian Diaz, California
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We’re not some "thing" but a 14.6 billion year “process” (of elements left alone to complexify). We’re the Universe expressed as a human.
E.David Garcia
- E.David Garcia, Arlington, Virginia, USA
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To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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Our brain and our skull grows allowing our brain to develop Giving us our technology, sensibility, emotions and most importantly our culture
Jessica G
- Jessica G, Roosevelt
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To be human means to have a purpose, it means to do what you were made to do.
bianca
- bianca, Sigourney, IA
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It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
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