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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 evolving every second and to live life to its fullest
Esther Liu
- Esther Liu, San Francisco, CA
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Human is who can think, act, and develop. It can be told in a physical sense and a psychological sense.
Yeelim
- Yeelim, S. Korea
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The joy of existence in an elevated plane of understanding and our shame in not being able to find our footing in that plane
Donald
- Donald, Arizona
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You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
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to be human is to have an impact on the environment as no other biological species has done before or after
KDKxa
- KDKxa, Argentina
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To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
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A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
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We can walk on two legs and we can use our arms.Humans help grow trees so we can have paper to write on.
Brittney
- Brittney, Pekin,Indiana
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Being human means to live not just survive, living life to the fullest.
Zhu Chen
- Zhu Chen, Washington, DC
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To be human is what we as a species has always been capable to do: Observe, Evolve and compare through cultural relativism.
Devon Smith
- Devon Smith, Arkansas
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Having the free will to make moral choices for the common good or for ourselves alone.
Paul H
- Paul H, Fairfax, VA
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To be human means to belong to the Homo sapiens species, although not always we are wise.
Carla Mello
- Carla Mello, São Paulo, Brazil
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The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
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To be human means to communicate feelings and emotions.
Ellie
- Ellie, Denver, Colorado
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It means that we're made in the image and likeness of God who created us.
Heidi Watson
- Heidi Watson, Washington DC
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Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
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To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
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It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
Josh
- Josh, Astoria,OR
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It means that we understand we have evolved over time like any other animal. That there was no instantaneous creation of a human.
Bill W.
- Bill W., Frederick, MD
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
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To be hairy.
Ethan Hoeh
- Ethan Hoeh, North Carolina
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To see your place in the world and realise that it's so much bigger than you
B.
- B., Oxford
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To human is the effect you have on others life. It shows how good you done with you life and, being human is what you've done in life.
Tony Baeza
- Tony Baeza, Fort Collins, Colorado
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We are human to discover and use those discoveries to make us so much smarter and develop new life skills.
Yarden Sasson
- Yarden Sasson, High Tech Los Angles
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I had just penned some difficult sheep with a border collies and I'm just so pleased with myself.  Just another example of what it's like to be human.
Being human is understanding the significance of being able to touch the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb.
John Bernard
- John Bernard, 985 Island Rd, Victoria BC Canada V2X 2V1
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To be human is being a whole and complete environment for bacteria to grow fine and have fun all together in company of trillions of them.
Jean Lima
- Jean Lima, Goiânia, GO, BR
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Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
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Look up at the stars! Humanity is the ability to see the vastness of it all, and to see just how small we are.
David
- David, Duluth, Minnesota, USA, Earth
to be able to change the future
jeff coe
- jeff coe, arlington va.
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To have been created in God's image. Is Australopithecus created in God's image? Maybe, probably not. Neanderthals? Harder to answer.
Joel Mackler
- Joel Mackler, Pittsburgh
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Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
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To individually in a group expand what we expect from ourselves, learning from our many mistakes.
What does it mean to be Human
- What does it mean to be Human, OR
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Our species all have a somewhat selfish goal; to satisfy our wants. Humans, we long for fulfillment something worth living for, purpose.
aswali
- aswali, va
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Being human is being the result of thousands of years of evolution and change, and coming out on top after all of that.
Bailey Thomas
- Bailey Thomas, Denver, CO
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To spread Gods word and to live and love
Joshua Reddy
- Joshua Reddy , South Africa
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to dream outside our present abilities, then make them possible for the future generations.
shane
- shane, kentucky
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Being human means you have to accomplish something good in your life and inspire the new generation to make the world a better place.
Diego
- Diego, Canada
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To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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