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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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Liv
- Liv , plymouth NH
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A unique creature, humans have a spiritual nature, having been made in the image of God.
James
- James, Illinois
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To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
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Being a human is having a soul. Knowing the difference between good and evil. And having an a imagination to be creative.
Marilynn
- Marilynn , Needham IN
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being able to communicate and make things because we are special animals can't make things
hannah
- hannah, brentwood, TN
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I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
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To lust.
Kelsey Meyer
- Kelsey Meyer, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
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Being human is starting from a worm and becoming the most intelligent, successful, and populated species on Earth.
Christopher Jackson
- Christopher Jackson, Lexington, KY
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It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
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to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
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To be human means to have emotions, to show and contain them. Also, that humans have the ability to remember the smallest things.
Mrs. McPhee Class D
- Mrs. McPhee Class D, Litchfield, NH
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Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
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I am completely unsure of what it means to be human, and the question haunts me, but I am entirely certain that I do not qualify.
Veronika F
- Veronika F, Florida
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To be human means to be able to make sense of the reality to the greatest possible extent but yet within perceived and unperceived limits.
Emanuela Bove
- Emanuela Bove, Italy
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Man is made in the image of God.
Humans are the fallen likeness of God who is given the gift of life and allowed to dwell on earth.
Cassandra
- Cassandra, MI
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We are humans for three 'simple' reasons: We think, we love and we have a will.
Ferdy Acevedo Muñoz
- Ferdy Acevedo Muñoz, Tampa, FL
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To be human means to think, reason and feel emotion. To be human is to know what is morally right. To be human is to love others.
Cara
- Cara, Camden, TN
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A human is a mammal that can convey ideas and emotions, survive using makeshift equipment, and adapt easily within its environment.
Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun
- Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun, Canada
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Being human is having the ability to form complex thoughts that create the meaningful out of the meaningless. It's a path-dependent process!
Abraham Gutierrez
- Abraham Gutierrez, Ontario, CA
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it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
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To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
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it means that we are more advanced than monkeys
clorissa
- clorissa, new jersey
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We’re not some "thing" but a 14.6 billion year “process” (of elements left alone to complexify). We’re the Universe expressed as a human.
E.David Garcia
- E.David Garcia, Arlington, Virginia, USA
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To be human is to be able to understand that your existence on this earth is limited. Our intelligence is unique.
Beverly
- Beverly, Orlando FL
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My lean taste like some candy canes
Paul Denino
- Paul Denino, Autism ville
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He chooses the way of his life and the way of his manner according to sensations and emotions,but rarely he thinks! So he is a human!
Masoud Masserrat
- Masoud Masserrat, Iran
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I believe that human are imperfect!
YooGeon Choi
- YooGeon Choi, Chennai India
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To be conscious of our evolution and the effect of our actions and words unto others and the environment.
Helene Tremblay
- Helene Tremblay, Montreal, Quebec
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Being human is to laugh and to cry, to regret and to expect - sometimes all in a moment.
Anne McComas
- Anne McComas, Bel Air, MD
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To be burdened and blessed with consciousness. Torn between reason and instinct, fear and hope.
Richard
- Richard , Sussex UK
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To be human is to mistake yourself for everything but an ape in plainclothes
Brad G
- Brad G, Madrid, Spain
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To seek and to fulfill something meaningful to us.
Ashley
- Ashley, USA
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humans are the only animal that believes it should be happy, all the other animals can just be happy.
Shaun Wilson
- Shaun Wilson, christchurch NZ
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to be able to learn and think, be a homo sapiens, and to be created in the image of God
Stella
- Stella, New York
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To be human means to make mistakes. It means to fall over and over again, yet still have the desire to get back up.
Julia
- Julia, Greenville
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To think about other animals like they are human
Jake P.
- Jake P., MD(USA)
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The most important parts of being human are being bipedal & the brain because they work together to allow us to do great things..
JTHM
- JTHM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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That which makes you human exists only by the grace of inefficiency.
Mike :
- Mike :, Chicago, IL
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Being a human means expressing joy and compassion to others.
Filis Fee
- Filis Fee, Houston, TX
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Being human means to be able to feel, to adapt, to reason, and too manipulate.
Miranda Peña
- Miranda Peña, DR, Santo Domindo
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