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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 human is to be the species, and live life.
Saydi Mendoza
- Saydi Mendoza, Lake Highlands Highschool
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To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
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It means that you are alive, you walk up straight, you have a big mind and you live a special life.
Kabo Modikwa
- Kabo Modikwa, Botswana
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Having the intellectual capacity to feel a variety of emotions in certain situations. No two people feel the same emotions.
Nick
- Nick, Denver, Colorado
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I am a human. I live in my body but I am not my body. Just as I live in the world but I am not the world.
cheriekah
- cheriekah, Western Australia
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Knowing God. You can be human without knowing God, but you can't experience the true joy of being human without knowing God.
Klayton
- Klayton , South Carolina
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who beings seeking answers to this question
behcetfrank
- behcetfrank, Canada
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To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
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Entertaining your brother. ):
John
- John, Brazil
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the ability to communicate with language
zoran
- zoran, sydney
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A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in Parallel fashion, constantly causing destruction.
Shrek
- Shrek, Australia
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To be human means to overcome the challenges in life, achieve goals, fit into society, and to survive.
Cole
- Cole, Astoria, OR
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To contribute to our world and to the lives of others in a helpful way, and making decisions as to how to accomplish that task.
Zach
- Zach, Green Hill Zone, Mobius
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Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
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It means having the ability to ask this sort of questions.
N.
- N., Gothenburg, Sweden
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To Think Critically and Reason
Taylor
- Taylor, South Carolina
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You can either move or talk to one another in their own different way
Owen Faustino
- Owen Faustino, Fort Collins
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To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
Mike
- Mike, Kosovo
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We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
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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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What does it mean to be human? That depends on what you mean by human? Our art separates us from everything that has ever lived.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, United Kingdom
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To be imperfect.
Nolan K.
- Nolan K., Denver, Colorado
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Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
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Our ability to reason, have self-identity, create faith, show empathy, and uphold our cultural norms and traditions is what makes us human.
Alanna Joy
- Alanna Joy, Greenwood, Indiana
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Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
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to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
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To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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To be human you have to have a significant amount of intelligence, and common sense.
Claire
- Claire, Canada
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Being human means living a complex life and processing information emotionally and logically. Written on September 26, 2019.
Dylan
- Dylan, Denver, Colorado, USA
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To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
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To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
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Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
Ted Caudill
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
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To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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being human is being blessed or burdened with cognizance
sydney
- sydney, cincinnati
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Humans have innovation and the ability to improve. They don't stop at adaptation, they continue until what they have is the best for them.
Adam Sharger
- Adam Sharger, High Tech Los Angeles
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There is no set goal to achieve and no guidelines to being human. Being a human is based off of beliefs.
Colby
- Colby, New Hampshire
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Being human is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
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To be human is to be aware. To be more than what our instincts calls us to do. To be able to feel a wide range of emotions and have dreams.
Carl Victor Salazar
- Carl Victor Salazar, Bergenfield, NJ
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