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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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A human is someone who disregards the lies and faces the truth, someone who sees reality for what it is and ignores the illusions.
AB
- AB, Texas
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To be human means to go beyond our set limits
Adela
- Adela, America
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To be human is to be alive and exist on or around planet earth, bipedal, experience emotion and have individuality. Or thats close enough.
Tank Wanks
- Tank Wanks, Australia
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Mark Twain wrote that humans are the only animals that blush.
Kevin Horn
- Kevin Horn, Easton, PA
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To feel
Peter
- Peter, Lancaster
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Being Human is Being Imperfect.
Mage
- Mage, California
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Understand the implications of actions, even preemptively. To believe in things we cannot see. To hope, even in suffering. To make mistakes.
Beatrix
- Beatrix, England, UK
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To be different from one another, and to care for animals and humans.
Justin, Micheal
- Justin, Micheal, Astoria Or
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the human species is the most intelligent species in the world.
ANDREW
- ANDREW, PHOENIX,ARIZONA
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I think our defining characteristic, that which sets us apart , is our intelligence.
Nicolas, 18
- Nicolas, 18, Ontario, Canada
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I believe that being human means getting other people's help to become perfect.
Fumiya
- Fumiya , Chennai India
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To be explore the atoms at home and the several far corners of the the universe, in order to find our origin.
Hermella
- Hermella, Cambridge, Ma
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To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
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Walk upright, learn and share information, and shape the world around is
Carson
- Carson, Coronado, CA
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To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
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making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
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Humans' bodies can change size & shape depending on the environment. Using their bodies, humans can innovate tools, changing the world.
MBAK
- MBAK, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human is to survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
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Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
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What it means to me, is that you love, you fall, you get back up, and you push through. The human race is filled with items.
#invinciblenick
- #invinciblenick, Australia
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Superior cognitive recognition and contemplation.
Ed Vinieratos
- Ed Vinieratos, American in Moscow, Russia
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Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
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To be human means to be made in the image of God.
Rachel
- Rachel, South Carolina
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To be human it means that you can be crazy
ME
- ME, My Home
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To be created by God in his image.
Madi
- Madi, St.Louis
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Human means to be a marvelous and incredible creation by God. Humans have an eternal soul. Read the Bible, God will reveal truth to you.
Nancy Brunnemer
- Nancy Brunnemer, Colorado
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To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
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Making fire and cooking food. Those are our two most fundamentally distinctive characteristics.
Scott
- Scott, Jones
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Being human is to live and explore the world and everything around you.
Rachel
- Rachel, Portland, OR
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To have complex emotions and relationships with one another. To have ambition and be able to recognize cause and affect.
Lauren
- Lauren, Denver, CO
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human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
gianni
- gianni, new york
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To be a human means to be a homonid with humans rights..
Popop
- Popop, Chennai, India
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To be human means to have values and to be able to philosophize ideas with others, and we are able to be open to the ideas of our history.
Paloma
- Paloma, Denver, Colorado
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To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
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Being the only animal we know of that can understand that they are alive and also that we will one day die.
Joel Thompson
- Joel Thompson, Great Falls, MT
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To be human is to know that God made me to know Him, to love Him and be happy with Him in the next life.
Hal M.
- Hal M., Boston, MA
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humans are able to: walk on to legs, have a soul, make challenging/complex/hard decisions, emotions,learn,grow,adapt,empathy, creativity.
Sam
- Sam, Vermont
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To be human means to be able to understand different emotions ranging from anger to sadness.
Sebby
- Sebby, New Hampshire
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To hurt.
Alex
- Alex, China
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To be human is to have emotions, to be creative, to make mistakes and learn from them, to be able to think philosophically.
The Philosophical Human
- The Philosophical Human, World
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