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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 ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
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To be able to breed with other humans.
Johan Mathiesen
- Johan Mathiesen, Portland, OR
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Being human means that we have a soul that can either be saved and live with God forever in heaven, or can be damned to hell for eternity.
Jared
- Jared, Greenville, SC
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Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
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The first creatures that understand freedom and free will - and so the first able to appreciate the full wonders of existence.
Luke
- Luke, London, England
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To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
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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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Being a spirit in a human body.
Ryan
- Ryan, WV
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The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
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making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
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...to be human is, paradoxically, to be an animal dominated by the belief that it has been created by a god in his image...
horacio h. martinez
- horacio h. martinez, caracas
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I think being a human is about caring for other humans and creatures is what being a human is about.
Andre
- Andre, Massachussets
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To be human is to be a creator where we have transcended through history by creating what we need to insure our survival
Amanda
- Amanda, Deerfield Beach, Florida
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The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
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We are moral agents capable of creating and recognizing moral reasons to act, enabling us to navigate the moral reality of our universe.
Ian Sharp
- Ian Sharp, Canada
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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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to be a human and what makes u unique from everything else is that we can do things ourselves.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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Walking, talking, thinking, and social being.
Bryan Plummer
- Bryan Plummer, ButLer, PA
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I think it means having emotions of anger sadness and empathy. It also means loving people.
Tapiwa Banganayi
- Tapiwa Banganayi , Sacred Heart College
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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 be human is to do what your heart tells you.
Stephen
- Stephen, CA
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To create and perpetuate Culture, is to be human.
Magdalena
- Magdalena, Wisconsin
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To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
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Despite our bright minds, we have evolved to feel true affection, respect and attachment to one another.
Melody P.
- Melody P., High Tech High LA
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Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
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Being human means not being perfect. It is a type animal that can use its high intelligence to think and do either good or bad to others.
Keera Lallubhai
- Keera Lallubhai , Sacred Heart College Johannesburg
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The universe understanding itself.
kasey
- kasey, Erin, TN
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livin for the dank memes
Kazoo Kid
- Kazoo Kid, Lazy Town
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The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
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To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
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Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
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To be human is to be a sentient fragment of the universe struggling to comprehend itself.
H Matthew Cooper
- H Matthew Cooper, Takoma Park, MD
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One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
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IIt means having logic and reasoning. That is was truly seperates us
Jedi
- Jedi, Hoth
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It doesn't 'mean' anything. (What does it 'mean' to be a daffodil?)
Oliver
- Oliver, London/Oxford
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Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
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Being human is thinking and feeling emotions in ways that are different than any other animal.
Caitlyn
- Caitlyn , North Carolina
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To be HUMAN is to understand the intrinsic role, nature, music and art plays in the social evolution of the self !
Hilina Berhanu
- Hilina Berhanu, Europe
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Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
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To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
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