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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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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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Being human is being able to adapt to your environment, wherever that may be.
Spongebob Squarepants
- Spongebob Squarepants, Campfire, SONG
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Being human is when one is capable of having emotions that contradict yet compliment one another, being confused yet knowing.
Tlhoeko
- Tlhoeko, Lesotho
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It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
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To be Human means to experience. Since we are the sum of our memories, the more we can experience, the more Human we can become.
Russell Senior
- Russell Senior, Detroit, MI
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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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Being human is to care for one another and to live life to it's fullest.
barb a papa
- barb a papa, Canada
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Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
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Red sunny image with a human head depicted as a toaster.
To be human is to be capable of believing in things beyong nature and building churches to praise them.
Henyo Barretto
- Henyo Barretto, Brasília, DF - Brazil
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Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions
Ansar
- Ansar, Woodburn
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We can find our "humanity" not in our art and reason, but in what we do when the s%&t hits the fan and it's every man for himself.
Drew
- Drew, MT
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Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
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pro gengu
Genji Shimada
- Genji Shimada, Hanamura
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bob from
- bob from, the local supermarket
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To be put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
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To be human is to  be consciously aware of ones natural surroundings by connecting spiritually through our God given souls.
Keysha-Monique
- Keysha-Monique, Earth
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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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To be human is about wondering what makes me human, Haha!
Noam
- Noam, Paris, France
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Being human means existing as the physical creation of God that He made to reflect His own image for His glory.
Kaeleigh
- Kaeleigh, Greenville, SC
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having emotions that are unique to our species that other creature couldn't begin to comprehend, these unique emotions allow us freewill
Joshua Saunders
- Joshua Saunders, Nottingham, UK
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Unfortunately, to be human is to have the capacity to act against nature. No other creature can commit such acts.
G. Bernard Sawyer
- G. Bernard Sawyer, Stone Mountain, GA. USA
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To not be dancer
Sarah
- Sarah, Topeka
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Being human means, to have feelings and and the ability to use my hands.
Matt
- Matt, New Jersey
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Man – a being in search of meaning.
A Box of Paper Clips
- A Box of Paper Clips, Staples
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To me, being human means you can walk upright, have a large brain and being able to feel emotions.
Rachel, age 15
- Rachel, age 15, Boston, MA
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To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
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To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
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To be human means to to be human, there is no definition for something so complex.
Karim
- Karim, Rajmohamed
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being a human is being a human
n/a
- n/a, n/a
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When I think of what it means to be human I think that we are one of very few primates that walk on two feet.
Kaitlyn Levesque
- Kaitlyn Levesque , Warner NH
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We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
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It feels like i'm the most luckiest person on earth to be a human. We have so many advantages while people back then sometimes had to suffer
Smritii
- Smritii, 1356 west 235th street
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I'm not sure
Mrs. Chomik
- Mrs. Chomik, Stone age
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being a human is a big responsibility to take responsible of.
ash
- ash, philippines
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To be human means have a right to be free. According to article 3 "Feel safe in school" means to have the freedom to be protected.
Minchae
- Minchae , Chennai
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Making conscious decisions & being able to adapt to change from life experiences.
Brent Kalata
- Brent Kalata, Louisville
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To think in words.
John
- John, California
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Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
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being amoral, and raised like a sheep under control of powerful organizations that have ruled throughout the ages passed.
Azoth
- Azoth, Arizona
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what it means to be human is to experience, understand and explore
human
- human, Earth
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