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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 think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
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- m, classified
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Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
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To be human is to be creative and independent and helpful
aidan
- aidan, Sacred heart collage
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Made in the image of God, put on this Earth for His purposes and glory.
John
- John, 3:16
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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it means to be an animal.
HSI
- HSI, KANU
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To be a member the Homo Sapien species. Nothing more, nothing less. All other things come from being mortal or sentient.
Marcus
- Marcus, Florida
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To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
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To be human means to be created by God in His image. We were created with emotion, intellect, a purpose, and made to be relational.
Abby
- Abby, SC
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It means that " we (The owner of the hand mark & his society) are living here".
SAJI.P.M
- SAJI.P.M, INDIA
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Humans communicate in languages, don’t have hair all over the body, express emotions, create and destroy, make judgments, etc.
Lisa Seo
- Lisa Seo, College Park
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To be human is to dream, imagine, and think reasoningly; and, reflect on and recreate one's self as often as one likes.
Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke
- Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke, Memphis, Tn
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To be human is to be created in the image of God Almighty. Genesis 1:26-27
J. S.
- J. S., USA
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to me, to be human is to be smart and new.
alexandria
- alexandria, portland, or/ roosevelt high school
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To evolve and adapt to your surroundings, and making a better and easier life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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To be a species who holds some of the greatest prejudice against their own kind, but has some of the greatest capacity for love ever seen.
Samantha Smith
- Samantha Smith, Alburtis, Pennsylvania
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It means that we need to be smart enough to know that we don't have all the answers.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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The ability to ask questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"
Jim Dew
- Jim Dew, Madison, WI
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To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
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To be a human
existentialism is mainly seen as a bad thing but should be seen well, if you think that nothing matters why don’t you be yourself.
Ezekiel Morks
- Ezekiel Morks, Blackburn Highschool
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To be human means to be a complex intelligent mammal that uses a large brain and opposable thumbs to create tools to aid in our survival.
Andrew Mahaffie
- Andrew Mahaffie, Washington D.C
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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Reasoning, careing and surviving.
William whittaker
- William whittaker, Palm bay fl. U.S.A
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All 42 jokes aside, i believe that being human is about learning from previous mistakes. You also should try to be yourself and unique. 42
plantz ar noice
- plantz ar noice, InYourMumsCar
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To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
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Conscience, connection, continuation.
Kate
- Kate, Seattle, WA
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To be organized and inventive, to speak our ideas, to pray to our creator
Steve Taikowski
- Steve Taikowski, Orlando, Florida
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You have a heart that pumps blood through your veins and your entire body. You make offspring unlike birds with eggs.
Vehbi
- Vehbi, Turkey
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To have a human genome.
Aidan
- Aidan, USA
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I believe beings humans means to be the most intelligent animals on the Earth.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Chennai, India
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Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
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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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What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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To be part of and experience the meme culture. I'm 12 btw.
Arthur
- Arthur, NY
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Animals that test objective or subjective goals during experiences to bring new thought and contribute to believed ideals.
Chase S
- Chase S, North Carolina
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To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
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To be human is to be able to wonder at what it means to be human.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Minneapolis, MN
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To be human is 2 have a body specialized to our needs. 1 need is communication. The hominins yelled. We communicate differently now.
MCZF
- MCZF, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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what I think it means to be human, that you have your own of liking of things and of personalty.
Jaylan Oppie
- Jaylan Oppie , Fort Collins, CO
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To be human is to be able to adapt to climate change. To keep learning, adapting, and caring for mankind and your environment.
Mary
- Mary, Maupin, Oregon
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