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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 human is to mate and reproduce with other humans to continue the process of evolution
Sanket Narayana
- Sanket Narayana, Emmaus, PA
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Being human means to have emotion, feeling, thought, and the ability to slow our evolution to a point that we may never evolve again.
Kibbe
- Kibbe, Maryland
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Being human means to live and interact with the environment.
Maddison
- Maddison, Sigourney, IA
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To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
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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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It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
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To be alive and free to think, act, and experience life.
Hadley
- Hadley, North Carolina
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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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It means that we have been created in the image of God. We are not animals at all. We are as far from it as we can get.
Catherine
- Catherine, Alabama
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To be human is to be able to play god, we are able to give life, make life and take life away.
andrew shely
- andrew shely, New York
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To attempt questions like this.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, Michigan
4
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
To be human it means to be able to make a change in the world, to have the ability to provide for yourself and others who are in need.
Jimena
- Jimena, Woodburn HS
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To be human is to have a conscience that can collapse a reality out of an infinity possibilities at each instant of the lifetime.
Gerard
- Gerard, Venezuela
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to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
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We are a species who can be compassionate but yet to the other extreme still ignorant to the rest of the species on the planet.
Ron
- Ron, Minneapolis, MN
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To seek eternal happiness and have kindness and compassion for all positivity and life around us.
Ashley
- Ashley, UK
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To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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I believe being human is to have an enhanced technological, intellectual and social experience
Parsa
- Parsa, Beaverton
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To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
5
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
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