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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 survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
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To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
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A reflective drop of water on a green leaf.
To use our knowledge of human nature to improve our society, and ultimately, human nature itself.
Vlad Muresan
- Vlad Muresan, Romania
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To think logically.
Mason
- Mason, California
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To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
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Being human means to learn and experience reality and think how you can make it one step closer to perfection.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Anonymous
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To be human is to simultaneously be possessive of progress and regression; to transcend limits us, and to learn from what we've lost.
Joshua J. Washburn
- Joshua J. Washburn, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Humans are the only animal in the world that fear death and can imagine.
Barry Morris
- Barry Morris, Corpus Christi
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being a human is a big responsibility to take responsible of.
ash
- ash, philippines
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To be human is to be made in the image of God.
Bryan
- Bryan, Tennessee
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To be human means to be humane.
Uday Shah
- Uday Shah, Germany
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To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
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Being a child of God.
Sara
- Sara, Minnesota
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It means that I am not a cow. or a pig. Or even a sheep, a dog, a potato, an octopus. Not even a brussell sprout. Wow. Incredible.
Laugh Out-Loud
- Laugh Out-Loud, Cape Foul Wind, New Zealand
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Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
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we have to survive
sean
- sean, bc
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Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
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Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
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We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
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to be made in the image of God the being who spoke stars into existence
kelsey
- kelsey, virginia
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The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
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Maybe 100% Homo sapiens. Or is it 97.5% Homo sapiens & 2.5% Neanderthal. Or may be 92.5% Homo sapiens, 2.5% Neanderthal, & 5% Denisovan?
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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Being human involves an inherent sense of self that no other animal could hope to replicate.
Luke
- Luke, Pennsylvania
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To be human is to be able to use your five sences, to use more advanced technology/tools, and to be smart to your abilities
aylin
- aylin, massachussetts (USA)
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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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To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
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Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
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To be human means that you live your life striving to understand the world and the forces that made it the way it is.
NDR
- NDR, Texas
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to be free
zeleny
- zeleny, CA
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To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
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The skill to surpass anything in our way using our minds.
Rhett Torralba
- Rhett Torralba, St. Louis, Missouri
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I think language is what makes us human. It's what sets us apart from other species on earth.
Brooke K
- Brooke K, Denver, CO
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To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
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to be human is to be original and want to do thing that your might be judged for
Sophie
- Sophie , Johannesburg
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To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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We are the universe itself, pondering: "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is my place in the grander scheme of things?"
Prof
- Prof, USC, Colombia
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To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
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it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
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To be aware of the Creator who made us through this marvelous process of evolution
Jerry
- Jerry, Seattle
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