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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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Humanity is to be made in God's image, having facets of God's nature, like higher intelligence, creativity and morality.
Joscelyn
- Joscelyn , South Carolina
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the ability to take care of oneself and to be able to take care of the living things (inculdes enviroment) around them
vanessa
- vanessa, Hawaii
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To have capacity for empathy with members of our own species, and with all species with whom we share this planet.
Katherine Munson
- Katherine Munson, Berlin, MD
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That we are cool
Muhammad
- Muhammad, Iraq
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To be human is the ability to reason and be reasoned with.
Babatunji
- Babatunji, Nigeria
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being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
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To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
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To Be human is to make mistakes, and to express individuality
Sarah
- Sarah, Los Angeles
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Having a big brain (over 1300 Grams) and superior inteligence!
Carlos ACamargo MD
- Carlos ACamargo MD, Stanford CA
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Self-awareness of mortality and denial of that truth through the use of religion.
Bodygrace
- Bodygrace , Texas
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Being human means that you share the image of God. Humans think freely and rationally and always have the curiosity to always ask "Why?".
Kenzie
- Kenzie, Greenville, SC
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To beable to know I am alive which is something animals can't do.
Marcus
- Marcus, Auburn, MA
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To be human is to be able to use your five sences, to use more advanced technology/tools, and to be smart to your abilities
aylin
- aylin, massachussetts (USA)
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To be able to make a mistake and recognize that
Chloe
- Chloe , Denver, Co
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bacon and ipods
isaiahdawebb
- isaiahdawebb, lol not tellin
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To be self-aware about our past, present, and future
Cody A.
- Cody A., Colordo
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The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
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To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
Matt
- Matt, Michigan
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being a human is a big responsibility to take responsible of.
ash
- ash, philippines
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to take moral responsibility for our actions--our actions regarding other humans, other animals, and the planet
Sarah
- Sarah, Ohio
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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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Animals with curiosity, ability to observe, analyse, conclude and in turn apply this knowledge towards advancements in technology..
Rukmini Govekar
- Rukmini Govekar, Mumbai, India
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To be able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
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It means asking the question, "What does it mean to be human"
Martin Heidegger
- Martin Heidegger, Germany
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To be able to change the roll of toilet paper correctly, paper in the pull down position.
Alice Tully-Hall
- Alice Tully-Hall, Denver, Colorado
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To be human is to eat, drink and to be merry. For life is to short to be dull.
Kaleb Kane
- Kaleb Kane, Waterville, ME
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It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
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Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
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To be selfless, have self love, be open, respectful to the world & it’s creatures, love, be considerate, learn & grow.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Florida
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To be human is to have a soul. God has blessed us above all of his creation.
Kitzi
- Kitzi, Warrenton, Ga.
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To comprehend time as a linear progression, the basis for understanding the value of memory and its importance in planning for the future.
Walter Koch
- Walter Koch, Earlysville, Virginia
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Besides being a Homo sapiens, I think it means to be resourceful, social, and to have a complex understanding of the world around us.
Nick
- Nick , MD
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To be human is to love the world and everything in it and to walk in peace.
Carol Meindl
- Carol Meindl, Montreal
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To watch Dan and Phil
Dil Howlter
- Dil Howlter, Willow Creek
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Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
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to share and to take care of one another.
lena
- lena , location
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To be Human, is to be conscious of a self, aware he is conscious and wonder about it and wants to know what it is
Balasubramanian
- Balasubramanian, India
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The ability for abstract thinking including empathy and innovative or creative thinking, communication by language and collective learning.
Remy Raquiza
- Remy Raquiza, Lincoln, Ca.
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To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
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