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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 requires self-awareness, emotion, curiosity, creativity, & adaptability. Knowing, feeling, wondering, dreaming, achieving.
Johanna Oakes
- Johanna Oakes, Spokane, WA
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Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
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It means to have a moral sense.
John
- John, WA
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The capacity for imagination and conceptual thought.
William B. Cusack
- William B. Cusack, Los Angeles
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Being a human means to always wondering ''why''.
Emilie
- Emilie, Canada
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To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
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What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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to have feeling to be sad,mad,happy, and, wrong
sara
- sara, maryland
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Being human means to be able to evolve at a faster rate than any other living organism on the planet, and having an imagination to do so.
Shannon Perucatti
- Shannon Perucatti, South Africa
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We care about things more than survival.
Yan
- Yan, S.Pasadena, CA
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Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
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To have a culture and to be conscious of what you are.
Reed
- Reed, Colorado
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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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The constant struggle to better our species as a whole. No other species has the comprehension to understand where they stand.
Lance King
- Lance King, Myrtle Beach, SC
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A species is human if it utilizes language and symbolic thought. Having empathy is a bonus.
Erica
- Erica, Cardozo
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Being human means that we have the capability to do anything that we want that other primates and animals can't do.
Nicole Han
- Nicole Han, California
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it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
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Conscience, connection, continuation.
Kate
- Kate, Seattle, WA
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Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
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To be human is literally to have feelings and higher intelligence than other animal species.
#whatmakeshumanshumans
- #whatmakeshumanshumans, London, England
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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 human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
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I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
Maddy Paulson
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
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I think being humanness means a sinful creature. Being human is to exist in the image of God and to exist with the purpose of finding God
Kristi
- Kristi, Israel
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To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
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being human means ur not a lonely potato. with no social life and very akywand.
Somebody once told me
- Somebody once told me, Chili's
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To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
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Destroying Forests in Indonesia for Palm Oil used by Frito-lay, Skittles, Hersheys and more
To be human, is to be selfish. We take from animals, we take from other people and we take from this earth.
Belle
- Belle, Pullman, Washington
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Outliving every other species getting us to the point where the only thing left to fight is ourselves.
Elijah
- Elijah, Pennsylvania
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It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
Natasha
- Natasha, Albany,NY
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To believe
Walker
- Walker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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To know that I know, and yet to ask why.
Don Lovell
- Don Lovell, University of West Georgia
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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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to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
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TO BE MAD T H I C C
Bob
- Bob, Colorado
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To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
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To be an incredible step in this universes attempt to understand itself
Joshua Jones
- Joshua Jones, Portland, ME
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To be human means we aren't perfect. From hairy apes to hairless humans, we've made mistakes, failed, & tried again.
MB
- MB, PLAINVILLE, CT
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"Cogito, ergo sum." (I think; therefore, I am.) - René Descartes
Zuzana
- Zuzana, Arizona, USA
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