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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 to be capable of thinking complex thoughts and communicating with others and the world around them.
Katie
- Katie, Windermere, Florida
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A human being can be anyone but being a human needs qualities like humanity, sensitivity to each other.
Alma
- Alma, Dallas TX
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To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
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Being human includes walking on two feet, being able to use and make tools and, having a consience. Also to know about emotions and empathy.
KALLI
- KALLI, Vermont
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Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
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constituting the only known form of organised matter in which the universe has become conscious of itself, in other words self-reflexive
Wim van Binsbergen
- Wim van Binsbergen, Haarlem the Netherlands
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To be human is to love, to reason, and to suffer.
ARIES
- ARIES, Washington, D.C.
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i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
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Being human means to progress through inventing and changing things to strive for a stronger human race.
Johnny
- Johnny, Denver, Colorado
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Our 3 brains in 1, we have traits from reptiles mammals and primates. Our conscience makes us human and sets us apart from all others.
Cathy Burks Stogner
- Cathy Burks Stogner, Mooresville, NC USA
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To have free will. To be a free moral agent.
Shelly
- Shelly, Yarmouth, Me
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To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
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It is to struggle between the spirit and the flesh. To desire to follow God while feeling the tug of the pleasures of the world.
Darcy
- Darcy, Greenville, South Carolina
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To be human it means to be able to walk, have emotions,
DT
- DT, Fort Collins
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To, put simply, live.
Julia
- Julia, East Coast, USA
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Being human means that you are being controlled by your brain and are prone to many different errors throughout your life including mistakes
Logan Word
- Logan Word, Dallas tx
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Highest level of consciousness of any organism on Earth & the ability to change our environment to suit our needs and support our misdeeds
Noel Curry
- Noel Curry, Tokyo Japan
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We teach; we can take anothers' perspective; and we not only perceive relationships between things, we invent them.
Davy Neyder
- Davy Neyder, Toronto
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To be human is the ability to adapt to situations and apply your skills, it is also the ability to feel emotions
christina
- christina, canada
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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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Being on the top at the food chain by the virtue of developed knowledge and skills.
mansoorq
- mansoorq, pakistan
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To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
Khoa
- Khoa, Torrance
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Humans possess a soul and have the ability to reason and create and become like Christ
Kimberly
- Kimberly, SC
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To be unique/special as a species.To become individuals in the process of making own life in what each one of us want to be in the future.
victor merida
- victor merida , dallas tx
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To be human means to act irrationally and blame it on anything or anyone other than ourselves.
Chris
- Chris, Carbondale, IL
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To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
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to be organized and smart
kameron powel
- kameron powel, new york
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to obey god
shawn
- shawn , Minnesota
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You are to cause others to come to right conclusions about God--who He is and what He is like.
Gloria
- Gloria, Belmont, North Carolina
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Being human is to exist as a created being made by God, an image bearer of our creator who learns and creates in the world we live in.
Meetra
- Meetra, Greenville, SC
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To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
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To have culture, religion, and tradition. To be the unique great ape the god created to be above all other creatures; a human being.
Nehemiah Rodriguez
- Nehemiah Rodriguez, CA
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Being human is so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
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being human puts on the inevitable responsibility of pride and guilt in which we define ourselves as both the creators and the sinners.
SteeWillGGu
- SteeWillGGu, Stockton, CA
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It means to have feelings and care about everyone else with trust, kindness and goodwill because we all have different personalities.
Amanda
- Amanda, NJ
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An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
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Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
Me
- Me, Here
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To be made in the image of God and loved unconditionally
Eric
- Eric, Metz, France
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Poop and wipe also cook with fire.
Mrlivxample
- Mrlivxample, Oxnard, Ca
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