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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 human means you have a soul.
Ally
- Ally, Indiana
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To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
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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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To be able to contemplate the universe and the self but be unable to be truly part of it.
Some guy
- Some guy, Australia
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Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
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Being an image bearer of God, created to glorify him.
Aaron Gillingham
- Aaron Gillingham, Bju
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The ability to stick one's head up his own ass seems pretty unique to the human species.
Beakerblog
- Beakerblog, Texas
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I think being human means having humanity in the form of love, respect, being able to help others without expecting anything in return etc
Thabang Matlaila
- Thabang Matlaila, Sacred Heart College
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Helpful and Hurtful Unique Magnificent and monstrous Amazing and awful Never predictable
Anjali Gupta
- Anjali Gupta, California
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It means to have knowledge and a choice
Jose
- Jose, Berlin, Germany
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Being human means to be a living being capable of making decisions.
Chris
- Chris, South Carolina
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To be human is to be alive with free will to reproduce while understanding compassion towards all that life has to offer.
johnny picht
- johnny picht, Rockville
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Humans are primates, a continually evolving animal who's spiritual and intellectual development has made him the most vicious animal of all.
Derrick Schnur
- Derrick Schnur, Peoria, Arizona
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
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To be human is to having a higher understanding of what is going on in the world around you.
Jessica Cruz
- Jessica Cruz, Chicago, IL
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Poop and wipe also cook with fire.
Mrlivxample
- Mrlivxample, Oxnard, Ca
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That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
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to be human means to be a mamal and have the ability to think, understand speech, speak and memorize information.
nadia
- nadia, maryland
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We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
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Our fully conscious mind - and all the marvellous and troublesome implications that come with nature's most incredible development..
Ned
- Ned, Australia
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a bipedal that is called a human
big time loser
- big time loser, idk
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To be a human means to know the difference between right and wrong.
Lonnie Fahl
- Lonnie Fahl, Modesto, California
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To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
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To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
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To be human means to think to create and transform, to have the capacity to see beyond what exists and to innovate, where morality prevail.
Valentina
- Valentina, Colombia
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to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
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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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To step outside of our own humanity and evaluate it.
Adam
- Adam, Connecticut
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To experience life in joy by loving others, being patient, kind, gentle, doing good deeds, keeping peace, and controlling one self.
Ellie
- Ellie, PA
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to be able to have coomon sense, some sort of religion, abstract thinking abilities, and an ability of speech
john phillips
- john phillips, st.louis
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Human is an animal endowed with reason and creativity and speech and the ability to use these gifts responsibly.
Emily K.
- Emily K., Michigan
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To be human is to wonder about our own being, never losing sight of the mystery of our own existence, continually willing to be the seekers.
Eric Lomas
- Eric Lomas, Omaha, NE
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To be human is to innovate and imagine and to ask this question.
Tricia B
- Tricia B, California, USA
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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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HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
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To be human is the unique and unrepeatable opportunity to think about what you are and be aware of it
Diego Sanchez
- Diego Sanchez, Asuncion, Paraguay
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To believe in right versus wrong, that is correct, but it does not mean that we, as humans, always do what is right.
Ashvini
- Ashvini, Illinois
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Toddlers Ask Why
To me, being human is being the universe made manifest, so it may know itself. We are the animal that asks questions!
Marcia La Vine
- Marcia La Vine, St. Cloud, Minnesota
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We are humans because that is who we choose to see ourselves as. If we evolve into another species, will we still call ourselves Human?
Jesse
- Jesse, Florida
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