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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 love. To be thankful for this life. To come to knowledge of our creator, and to live in His light, because we are created in His image.
John
- John, Louisville, KY, USA
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It means no more or no less than being the dominant species at this moment in time.
Mike
- Mike, Baton rouge
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Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
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To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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Being human is good and bad because being human means having emotions. Emotions can get in the way but can also pave paths to good.
Lina
- Lina, Colorado
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Being human means to be of conscious, be able to adjust to new things and be open.
Tyunn Poindexter
- Tyunn Poindexter, Dallas
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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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I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
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To live, to love, to feel, and to believe in God.
Primero
- Primero, England, westlciff
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Being human means you express a certain level of consciousness and self-awareness that animals don’t possess.
Ross Corbett
- Ross Corbett, Louisville, KY
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To seek new knowledge, to explore the world around us and within us, to be a part of a whole, to speak, to feel, to see and to interact.
Ketill Ingólfsson
- Ketill Ingólfsson, Selfoss, Iceland
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Being human is having a consciousness and being aware about life itself. Humans also worship gods and religion.
Diego Lara Garcia
- Diego Lara Garcia, Lake Highlands High School (Dallas, TX)
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Being human involves interdependence. We depend on one another for emotional support, for employment, for food. The list is endless.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
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Our way to communicate and share knowledge with one another through our ability to collectively learn with other individuals is unique
Chloe
- Chloe, Denver, CO
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To laugh
Erin C.
- Erin C., Portland, Maine
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Gamer
What does it mean to be Human? Can the colonized and marginalized ever signify Human life? Why should we fetishize instead of theorize
Anubhab Das
- Anubhab Das, Antarctica
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To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
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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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obligate bipedalism, complex language, abstract thought
James
- James, London
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to be equal to all animals
maegan
- maegan, canada
To be human is to evolve to grow from experience, to grow to fit the picture
Drew
- Drew, Ca California
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To be part of a species that has developed a sense of purpose and direction, but to largely not recognize that those are misplaced.
Dave Nug McKay
- Dave Nug McKay, Australia
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A actual living,breathing fuctional creature that was created to experince the life that was given to us here on earth.
Linda
- Linda, florida
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To be human is to try to figure out what makes us different from everything else.
Alana B
- Alana B , Honolulu, HI
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To make mistakes and fix them in a intelligent way. To take care and live on, and while doing it learning for science and future people.
Ethan W-F
- Ethan W-F, South Africa
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being human means having feeling and emotions
Hunter
- Hunter , Colorado
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language, ability to abstract, ability to generalize, conscious thought using abstractions of reality
DR EDGAR SHRIVER
- DR EDGAR SHRIVER, United States
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How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
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To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
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To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
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Humans are primates, a continually evolving animal who's spiritual and intellectual development has made him the most vicious animal of all.
Derrick Schnur
- Derrick Schnur, Peoria, Arizona
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It means that you are created in the image of God.
Daniel
- Daniel, South Carolina
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To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
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Sarah
You have tons of pain and aches every where you would have tons of migraines
Sarah
- Sarah, Evansville Indiana
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Being Human means that you are the most complex species on Earth. You walk on two legs and communicate with others. Being human is awesome!
Ava Straccia
- Ava Straccia, MA
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We were all born humane. Some of us stay that way, others degenerate into humans.
Jason H
- Jason H, Somewhere in Ohio
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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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It means to be conditioned by a name, a tag, a label, a category or a concept ("HUMAN"), being unable to get rid of it and be yourself.
Eduardo
- Eduardo, NYC
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means you are the most important creation of God because as human we have choice to accept the gift of Christ and His love, and further it.
patrick
- patrick , greenville
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it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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