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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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it means that we have hands, opposable thumbs, complex brain functions, walk upright, and talk clearly.
gracie
- gracie, oakland
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Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
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To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
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To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
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obligate bipedalism, complex language, abstract thought
James
- James, London
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We exist to know that one day we shall not exist. We cannot control our outcome so we place systems of control on our life.
Michael
- Michael, Thousand Oaks
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Being humane
Shin
- Shin, Seoul
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This question is complicated.....all of the answers on this page are adjectives describing the human experience.....being human ....
Dax
- Dax, York pa
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Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
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We are a part of a larger living organism. The Universe. We have a small part to play. Maybe the pollanation of other planets.
Michael O'Neill
- Michael O'Neill, Ireland
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To be human it means to be able to process emotions, think and wonder about the world and make mistakes and learn from them.
Me
- Me, Here
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It means you can have success and bad mistakes
Holden
- Holden, Portland
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To have creativity, free will, and a rational intelligence in the image of God our Creator.
Grace
- Grace, Virginia
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Language...
Tracy
- Tracy, Arkansas
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To be a human means to be strong and smart because if our past ancestors were not strong and smart we wouldn't be here
Julia Jacinto
- Julia Jacinto, Canada
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Being human means we can live in a house and we can eat whatever stores offer and that we can use electronics instead of hunting.
Bill
- Bill, Canada
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A capacity to wonder.
A Nobody
- A Nobody, England
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Being human means being a member of the dominant species on planet earth--- and all the awesome responsibilities that go along with that!
Bob
- Bob, Cincinnati, OH
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To be human is to be curious. To wonder, to explore, to invent, to create art, to love, & to learn about ourselves & the universe we live in
Bret Raoulsen
- Bret Raoulsen, Winnebago, Il
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To be Human is to be dominit, smart, advanced, and unique
Garcia,Hernandez,
- Garcia,Hernandez, , Renaissance school
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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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Two things come to mind: 1) Adaptability via technology and tools and 2) the ability to communicate and work together.
Steve
- Steve, Philadelphia
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Making fire and cooking food. Those are our two most fundamentally distinctive characteristics.
Scott
- Scott, Jones
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being able to communicate and make things because we are special animals can't make things
hannah
- hannah, brentwood, TN
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It means that we are made in the image of God, the Creator.
Jerry
- Jerry, Virginia
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To be Human one must have fully developed and fully felt all of their five senses, with zero Denial of any aspect of their life.
Kenny
- Kenny , Seattle ,Wa
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I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
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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 means to be gifted with the freedom of thought but also burdened with the responsibility of choice.
Lucas
- Lucas, Portland, OR
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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 no more or no less than being the dominant species at this moment in time.
Mike
- Mike, Baton rouge
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It takes a while for our skulls to mend. Our brain has more room to grow. We speculate, they throw poop. They are way more impulsive.
emilee l
- emilee l, portland, oregon
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the ability to communicate with language
zoran
- zoran, sydney
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city floating in space as seen by hubble telescope
As J. MacArthur says: "be rational, relational and creative", and I say "so that we can purposefully work out our destiny".
Hamilton
- Hamilton, Panama
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I think that the human created by God. It means that human is God's creature.
Jung
- Jung, South Korea
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Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
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To be human is to be imperfect. We make mistakes, but from those mistakes we make new discoveries.
Chelcy Calloway
- Chelcy Calloway, Washington DC
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It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
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to be human you need to be able to respond and communicate between other people within the race of you.
charlie knight
- charlie knight, sydney
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To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
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