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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 able to have & express emotions in words & body language, and to understand the emotions of others by their words & body language
Rachel
- Rachel, United States
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to be a bipedal ape living in complex societies
Bobby
- Bobby, Oregon
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Being human includes walking on two feet, being able to use and make tools and, having a consience. Also to know about emotions and empathy.
KALLI
- KALLI, Vermont
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Humans are able to misconstrue reality and form an infinite amount of outcomes within our heads. No other animal has this capability.
Jason Peixoto
- Jason Peixoto, California, United States
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Being human means that I can analyze any given situation, climate or predator.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, Trinidad
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Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
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To be human means to walk upright, to have our skeleton shape, being intelegent, andto be unique.
korey
- korey, springfield ma
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Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
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To be able to coexist with each other like no other species does and to be able to create things that test the limits
Travis
- Travis, Hawaii
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I can 't fully comprehend humanness coz I'm human. But I believe being human = being limited, thirsty, and we need an unlimited one.
Brigitta
- Brigitta, US
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I think and make reasonable decisions there fore I am a human.
Charles Wastl
- Charles Wastl, Hanover, Md, USA the Earth
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A creation of some greater being that created the universe.
Bob
- Bob, Here
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To be human is to endanger other species and slowly kill them off with our toxic waste and infestation of what we call "over population".
Kathleen
- Kathleen, Maryland
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Human is born to an organic body, riddled with limitations, and awakens to realize each life will need to learn how to outgrow this bondage
Nadia Deol
- Nadia Deol, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
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To be human is to find purpose.
Adam
- Adam , NJ
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Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
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We are made in God's image. He died on a cross and loves and desires a relationship with us if we repent and believe in Him! Jer. 29:13
Dani
- Dani, South Carolina
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tribal discussion
Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
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Being on the top at the food chain by the virtue of developed knowledge and skills.
mansoorq
- mansoorq, pakistan
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Being human Is feeling empathy thinking and having a frontal lobe that stops us behaving like animals.
Christine
- Christine, Australia
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To possess a conscience; a part of us that allows us to discern right from wrong (i.e. feel guilt) and it shapes how we act.
TrinityTitans
- TrinityTitans, Oakville
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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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The constant need to find a power outside of ourselves, a religious belief. This sets humans apart from all other animals
Heather hanly
- Heather hanly, Sydney, Australia
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taking chances and suffering the consequences.
bob
- bob, seattle, Washington
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to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
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to be made in the image of God the being who spoke stars into existence
kelsey
- kelsey, virginia
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We think more than we react or do; to accomplish tasks, or feel accomplished. Usually while disregarding the Natural law.
JCDG
- JCDG, Undisclosed
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It means we live and are alive?
Donald Trump
- Donald Trump, usa
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To be Human one must have fully developed and fully felt all of their five senses, with zero Denial of any aspect of their life.
Kenny
- Kenny , Seattle ,Wa
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To be human to me is to be able to think for myself. I have feelings and a personality.
Melodi
- Melodi, Greenwood, SC
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To be egotistical enough to think you have the right to recreate the environment instead of living in it.
David
- David, Dallas
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We are common as lifeforms, rare in our stage of evolution, & special as individuals. Explorers of physics, biology, history, & ourselves.
Bryce
- Bryce, Devils Lake, North Dakota
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To be human means to cooperate especially in a time of need, to have a growing intelligence, and change the world with new innovations.
AWRDSC
- AWRDSC, PLAINVILLE, CT
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The power to reason and make a choice
Timothy mantlow
- Timothy mantlow, Springfield Tn
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It means that a form of animal evovled to be able to think abstractly and search for a form of fullfillment.
Grace G.
- Grace G., Denver, co
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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 have DNA emotions relationships identity
Dorothy
- Dorothy, Hong Kong
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i think only this "sharing of emotion" is the meaning of being a human.
sasan
- sasan, iran
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I think that the human created by God. It means that human is God's creature.
Jung
- Jung, South Korea
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