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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 a Homo sapiens
Anders Dahl
- Anders Dahl, Technical University of Denmark
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Humans are able to comprehend more complex and intense ideas and thoughts. Humans are also all connected in many ways.
Walker
- Walker, Colorado
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A human is someone made in the image of God and reflects His glory.
Anna
- Anna, USA
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big variety of foods the way we communicate upright position
ZK
- ZK, PLYMOUTH
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
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i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
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Being human means asking questions and exploring what it means to be human. This website is a fantastic example of that! Kudos!
Beatrice Afrangui
- Beatrice Afrangui, Potomac, MD
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To think and feel and then act. Often able to rise above those animal instincts we all possess.
Lacie
- Lacie, Idaho
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To be hairy.
Ethan Hoeh
- Ethan Hoeh, North Carolina
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Being human means changing what you do according to the environment that you live in.
Becca
- Becca, Sigourney
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To be human is to be yourself, enjoy life, and seek happiness
Alex
- Alex, United States
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To be a human is to have opposable thumbs and to be able to make the most advanced tools and to be able to have speech.
Rafi
- Rafi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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A human is a corporation..in slaved to the master
Meh
- Meh, Louisiana
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Created in the image of God, but in need of a savior. We have eternal souls and a free will setting us apart from the rest of creation.
Abby
- Abby, Grand Rapids
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To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
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Humans evolve and change to adapt to their surrounding environment. Humans use their tools to help survive and thrive in their environment.
Wolfgang
- Wolfgang , NJ
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It means to be in the homo genus and act like a normal "human" being.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth , Huffstetler
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To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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It means having feelings and understand other people and other species on Earth.
Linda Johnson
- Linda Johnson, Mesquite Tx
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To dream and be more than we are today in the future. To love eachother and to laugh. To design to meet human needs, wants and desires.
Carolynne
- Carolynne, Melbourne, Australia
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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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Being a human means you're only able to do limited things. You have hands and you're able to walk.
Mary
- Mary, OR
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Containing emotional and logical capabilities. We are also made in the image of God - a title granted to us when God created Adam and Eve.
Hudson
- Hudson, United States
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Being human means to have freedom and not being forced to others
Seongpin
- Seongpin, Chennai
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Being human is having the ability to form complex thoughts that create the meaningful out of the meaningless. It's a path-dependent process!
Abraham Gutierrez
- Abraham Gutierrez, Ontario, CA
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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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Being human means that we are sinful beings made in the image of God and we are made to serve Him completely.
MB
- MB , Greenville
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exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
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To me, to be human is to be born on earth, have a body, be made in the image of God, sin, and to be physically alive (or used to be alive).
Kilina
- Kilina, Alaska
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To be loved and love with all your heart
Karen
- Karen, philippines
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To be human is to wonder why we are given consciousness, the strings of emotions and a spirit that soars and to be valued by our tribe.
YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh
- YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh, Boston, MA
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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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A human is someone that can reason and has a soul
Joseph
- Joseph, SC
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An Image of Alec Frazier with the Vignette of Lucy
A wise man once said, “With great power must also come great responsibility.” As human beings, we are privileged and burdened with both.
Alec Frazier
- Alec Frazier, Takoma Park, MD, USA
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To achieve the ultimate Victory Royale in Fortnite
Patrick
- Patrick, Illinois
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so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
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Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
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To have complex thoughts, question the world around us, explore the unknown out of curiousity, and to be aware of death/our own mortality.
B
- B, New Jersey
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I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
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Being Human means having a soul., to be human is to have free will to choose right or wrong
Michael
- Michael, Utah
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