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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 aware; to have a large brain; to have language; to have precision hands; to have an iPad2; and to have the Internet.
Tom Woosnam
- Tom Woosnam, Estero, FL
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To be a human is to live and beautify the world with art
Grace
- Grace, South Carolina
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Being human means to create and engage in meaningful relationships with others, with oneself, and with the world
Allison
- Allison, Louisville, KY
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To daydream and then to wish we didn't
Manisha Swain
- Manisha Swain, India
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To be human is not body but instead the soul, enduring spirit, and capacity to change which distinguish humanity from the rest.
Abby Pitts
- Abby Pitts, Louisville, Kentucky
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humans create art, this is one of our highest ideals along with religion. Then complicated language, writing, mathematics and complex tools
Johnny
- Johnny, Kentucky
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Being humane
Shin
- Shin, Seoul
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To be human means to have emotions, to show and contain them. Also, that humans have the ability to remember the smallest things.
Mrs. McPhee Class D
- Mrs. McPhee Class D, Litchfield, NH
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To be human is to make an impact.
Selam Amanuel
- Selam Amanuel, D.C.
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to be capable of displaying complex and deep emotions and feelings, it is also having the drive to learn about things we don't understand.
Kathryn Paul
- Kathryn Paul, Denver, Colorado
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To be human means to be of the Homoe Sapien species.
Zoee Bishop
- Zoee Bishop, Ravenscroft school
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To be human is to be complex, beautiful, ecstatic, sad, and hopeful all at once.
bobbie Coverman
- bobbie Coverman, Austin, Texas
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More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
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A being that is distinguishable from an animal and insect. To have a soul that will live for eternity. To be made in the image of God.
Jacquelynne
- Jacquelynne, South Carolina
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To be human is to let go of one's own selfish ambition, to give to the greater good with no thought of how it will make yourself better.
Craig Shaw
- Craig Shaw , Birch Run, Michigan
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to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
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We can do what others can’t, we have larger brains and are able to walk on two legs; these and more gave us advantages over species.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Portland, OR
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to be a human is to walk up straight ,to live life to its fullest.
ANTHONY AND BRANDON
- ANTHONY AND BRANDON, MASS
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I think it's because we have things.
Zak
- Zak, Grand Rapids.
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It means that you respect and treat everything the same way you treat everything the same as you would any other human being.
Justin
- Justin, South Africa
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Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
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The ability to visualize things we've never seen.
Forrest
- Forrest, Florida
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Being human means having free will and being put here for a reason by god
Phillip Johnson
- Phillip Johnson, Dallas, TX
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A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
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Conscience, connection, continuation.
Kate
- Kate, Seattle, WA
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To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
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To have the need to create connections with surroundings, whether it is other people, animals, environment, or a deity.
Jana
- Jana, Bethesda
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The skill to surpass anything in our way using our minds.
Rhett Torralba
- Rhett Torralba, St. Louis, Missouri
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Being human means to socialize, create change, & use tools. Through communication, human beings changed the world and continue to do this.
SMSLGL
- SMSLGL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be a human means to have purpose and meaning.
Willa
- Willa, United States
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To be a human is mastering adaptation either to a place or to the environment you surround yourself with.
Arrais
- Arrais, Santo Domingo
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eapons to kill or usingmodern age computers     Picture represents evolving human making sense of its needs with passage of time whether it be standing upright, using sharp w
Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
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Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
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To be human is to walk up right to speak and have a larger brain than early man.
Jacqueline Clark-Harris
- Jacqueline Clark-Harris, Springfiled Renaissance school MA
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to be like us
m a z
- m a z, iran
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To be human is to realize that you have a unique precious life, and you are connected to others
Jesse
- Jesse, Madrid (Spain)
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imperfect biological organism with higher cognitive function, the ability to reason, feel emotion, communicate distinctly and reproduce
Brad
- Brad, Greenville, SC
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it isnt much different from other animals. we walk on two legs is one difference, but monkeys can to. so we are not that unique
marissa
- marissa, belleville
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To be aware of the Creator who made us through this marvelous process of evolution
Jerry
- Jerry, Seattle
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to not be liberal
the legend 27
- the legend 27, CA
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