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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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What it means to be human is language.
Kelson
- Kelson, USA
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It means we are just one tiny part of a beautiful primate legacy!
Marjee
- Marjee, Washington DC
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five human beings shown in the evolution first very primitiv and the last very modern.
Be Human means to have human children, to feel comfortable among Human beings and to want to interact with other human beings.
Renate
- Renate, Vienna
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To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
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To be human is to have a role in life, giving you purpose.
BigDaddyJohn
- BigDaddyJohn, Ny,Ny
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Abstract thought.
Sam
- Sam, Hertfordshire, UK
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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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Being human means to question and explore the question that sent me else that came to this website the question of what it means to be human
Flinders H.
- Flinders H., Denver co.
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loving, helping all humans and disproving reasons on "race" and figure out we are one species.we must stand together as one race.
jack
- jack, birmingham uk
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A thought bubble
Being human means that you have the capability to think clearly and make conscious decisions for yourself, other than just surviving.
Danyel Tharakan
- Danyel Tharakan, Washington, D.C.
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To have the consciousness to know something is bad and then doing it anyway.
Jessica
- Jessica, Pennsylvania
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Being human is having a mind, will, and emotions. No other form of life has all of those.
Kalah
- Kalah, SC
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love hurts
to be human is to love and hurt
Jonathan Mc Cormack
- Jonathan Mc Cormack, South Africa
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To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
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being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
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To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
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To be human, means that we are not perfect. We make mistakes, get hurt, mess up again and again. But that's what makes us human.
Lyssi
- Lyssi, Wisconsin
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To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
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To be imperfect.
Nolan K.
- Nolan K., Denver, Colorado
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to be human is to be an agent of change, with the ability to create ideas and environments of our own conception.
Michael
- Michael, Connecticut
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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 means to be able to do things that we werent able to do yrs. back and to be able to think more clearly
clorissa
- clorissa, gloucester city jr.-sr. high school
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Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
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To be able to think in terms of the abstract. That is, to speak, do art, math, etc. It is also the desire to understand our environment.
Jay
- Jay, Canada
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Better fill... it means Jesus.
Philip Renoud
- Philip Renoud, Fort Bragg, CA
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Being Humans means that we use can use symbolic language and that we used collective learning to leave our homeland (Africa)
Jacob Montgomery
- Jacob Montgomery, Maine
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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Being human means having a spoken/written language,being able to express ourselves,and being able to walk upright.
Somebody
- Somebody , Somewhere
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To be stewards of creation, rule wisely, to make the earth sacred space, be image bearers, and to sum up the praises of creation.
Jason
- Jason, USA
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A picture of the giraffe because i couldnt fins the picture i chose
I think we should start the timeline of human history at 2 million years ago at the homo habilis.
Theo Tully
- Theo Tully, greenfield mass
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Human is the most fragile organic species in the world
marcos
- marcos, paraguay
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What I think it means to be human is intelligent and creative creatures. Also we are strong and healthy human beings to.
Jalen Bruce
- Jalen Bruce, Sprigfield,Mass
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It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
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They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
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Being a human is an endless cycle, it gues you through the phases of life. Just like EA and their microtransactions.
Steven Wang
- Steven Wang, Communist China
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To know with understanding, and to care with tenderness, while not seeking recongnition.
DeVault
- DeVault, Hemingway, South Carolina
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to be blinded by your own self importance as a species, you risk distruction of the ecosystem, for short term greed based motives
kevin
- kevin, kansas
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Our true nature is that of being a spiritual being having a physical experience where we learn from the physical reality of the universe
Fred Pirone
- Fred Pirone , Tampa
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To be human means we're all connected.
DeAnna
- DeAnna, North Carolina
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