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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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Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
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Being human is having thoughts, feelings, emotions, and above all, HAVING FLAWS IS WHAT MAKES US HUMAN.
Noah Osborne
- Noah Osborne, Fort Collins, Colorado
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Humanity is messy and broken; the farthest thing from perfect. Being human means to long for something greater, something beyond this world.
Nolan
- Nolan, SC, USA
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to share knowledge no matter what that might be.
anon
- anon, theinterwebz
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To be human it means to live life and make the best out of it aprestiate your ancesters
John flax
- John flax, Las angles
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Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
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To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
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We use our big brains to invent/create things so these objects can help us travel, work, live and grow food.
Crystal
- Crystal, Canada
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We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
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To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
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Any characteristic of humanity can and will be replicated. It's a lot of characteristics combined tht make us human.
Me
- Me, Here
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To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
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to be naive, to make mistake, to be imperfect but to learn from your mistakes and grow your mind set to be perfect.
yeng lor
- yeng lor, arvada, colorado
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To have creativity, free will, and a rational intelligence in the image of God our Creator.
Grace
- Grace, Virginia
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To be human is to be able to invent. To create. To think creatively. To be able to convey and share ideas.
Alex
- Alex, Fresno, California
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the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
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We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
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To me, being human means gaining intelligence from the mistakes that I make. Everyone makes mistakes, because none of us are perfect.
Emma Varkalis
- Emma Varkalis, Illinois
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Humans evolve and change to adapt to their surrounding environment. Humans use their tools to help survive and thrive in their environment.
Wolfgang
- Wolfgang , NJ
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To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
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Being human is being able to talk, creating/inventing things, having, religion, and walking bipedal. These things make us unique.
Sarah
- Sarah, IL
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To be human is to find meaning in the things unknown and the things unseen.
Alice
- Alice, New Zealand
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To be human is to be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
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To live as Jesus walked
Reuben Rinaldi
- Reuben Rinaldi, Downing town, Pa
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Self-awareness, the realization that we are mortal, are key aspects.
Paulo
- Paulo, Portugal
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To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
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To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
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The way we think about things. understanding of things really is a big difference between humans and animals. intelligence is another factor
Ray
- Ray, usa
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We are people who evolved and work hard for jobs and for young.
Eva
- Eva, Fredericksburg, VA
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A living being with a body, mind, and soul that seeks satisfaction and meaning and was made to know and be known by its creator.
Leanne
- Leanne, Greenville, SC
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Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
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To be human is to exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
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Being human is having a sense knowing your right from wrong. when to apologize when you are wrong. Having humanity and conscience.
Zane
- Zane, 9449 Church Rd, Dallas, TX 75243
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To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
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To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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We roam the earth and explore the endless universe in hopes of finding the meaning of why we exist and what it actually means to be human.
Steven
- Steven, Austin, TX
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to have power and be whatever we want to be
hazzaa
- hazzaa, uae
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God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
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Humans are more than just a brain; humans have a supernatural aspect to them as well as a mind and the biological aspects of the brain.
Marshall
- Marshall, Virginia
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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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