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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 isn't just living. It's the thought of being alive and leaving your mark.
Mykka
- Mykka, Oregon
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To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
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Making fire and cooking food. Those are our two most fundamentally distinctive characteristics.
Scott
- Scott, Jones
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To be human means to have a brain and the ability to think, opposable thumbs, to be bipedal, to be able to talk to communicate
Erin
- Erin, South Africa
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I think being human is being a leader of animals that we are so similar to. And we are able to lead together despite our colours.
Savannah
- Savannah, North Carolina
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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
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Being human is a reflection of who our creator is. We were made by Him and for Him.
Anna
- Anna, SC
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Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
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To be able to lick 567 lemons in under 6 minutes
Tom Giles
- Tom Giles, England
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I believe humans can do anything if they put their mind to it
belief
- belief , Chennai, India
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To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
sgreco
- sgreco, earth
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Being a human is being able to forgive. Some might ask what is the price of peace? The price of peace is forgiveness.
Robert
- Robert, KY
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Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Torrance
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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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To be the only species on earth able to throw powerfully and accurately.
Nobody
- Nobody , Palo Alto
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Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
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Their can't be a purpose it was broken from the origination and the future.
Dominic/Universo
- Dominic/Universo, United Kingdom England
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Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
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humans are the only animal that believes it should be happy, all the other animals can just be happy.
Shaun Wilson
- Shaun Wilson, christchurch NZ
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To be human is to find purpose.
Adam
- Adam , NJ
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To be human is to live life the way one sees fit, regardless of a lack of inherent structure or purpose.
jane doe
- jane doe, USA
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to sit in an chair and wonder
Boussemaere
- Boussemaere, Belgium
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Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
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To live as Jesus walked
Reuben Rinaldi
- Reuben Rinaldi, Downing town, Pa
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To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
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to be in a wondrous awe of all that surrounds us
Sarah
- Sarah, California
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It's great to be human because we are very smart. Our brains are very advanced. We also have a longer childhood.
Gillian L
- Gillian L, Belleville
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To blend into society.
Outsider
- Outsider, Everywhere
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To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
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We are people who evolved and work hard for jobs and for young.
Eva
- Eva, Fredericksburg, VA
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It mean's that being human we learn things from each other just like you have taught me about the origins of humanity
markus
- markus, canada
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To be human means to make mistakes and have flaws and to learn and grow from these mistake and flaws
Aiden
- Aiden , U.S.A.
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Bipedal homonin with a specialized jaw for communication, as well as the dominant species on earth
Alex
- Alex, Denver, Colorado
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Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
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To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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be human is to be created in the image of God and to have the capacity to have a relationship with God
Unknown
- Unknown, Unknown
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Being human means having deep pain inside us, and happiness. It means striving, fighting and trying to get better.
Sophie
- Sophie, Oregon
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being human means to have the ability to feel and think deeper than other species
Chloe
- Chloe, NC
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To be human is to choose to care about another of our species and those of other species. It is to love and to be loved.
Ann Bartok-Venetis
- Ann Bartok-Venetis, Toronto, Canada
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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