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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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To be a human is to have working organisms
Jez
- Jez, Whitehorse
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It means you like to screw up nature and destroy the world it means you over cut down trees it means you have an ego the size of the sun
Chace Anthony
- Chace Anthony, Hiroshima Japan
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Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
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Being a human means you're only able to do limited things. You have hands and you're able to walk.
Mary
- Mary, OR
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To on one hand kill each other and on the other hand have the free time to wonder what it means to be human.
Yuchen Tian
- Yuchen Tian, Richmond VA
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Being human means having DNA and being able to reproduce.
kAITLYN GUERRERO
- kAITLYN GUERRERO, washington D.C
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To be human is to be unique and be individual since it can divide the true understanding of two different people's true strength.
Jack Tan
- Jack Tan, Blackburn High School Blackburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3130
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what it means to be human is that you are changing the world and caring about each other
Alivia
- Alivia, flordia
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humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
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To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
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Apparently for some, having Neanderthal genes. Does this explain our impacted wisdom teeth/orthodontics if you descend from Europe?
Jane
- Jane, Toronto
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To have morals and a conscience.
Mawson
- Mawson, Lichtenstein
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To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
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Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
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To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
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To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
sgreco
- sgreco, earth
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
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To be human means to have a higher intellectual ability than other animals, while also having emotion, as well as logic.
Noah Terry
- Noah Terry, NJ
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To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
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To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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A semi-hairless primate with just enough theory of mind to feel guilty about being an animal...
Jonathan
- Jonathan , Asheville, NC
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To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
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Being human is to be part of something so mysterious, beautiful, terrifying, humbling and spiritual; with free will.
Jay
- Jay, C'sted, Virgin Islands
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Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
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To be human means that you have intelligence, conscious an feelings to rule the earth and all the living creatures with respect.
Yota
- Yota, Greece
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To be human means to believe in God.
Kathy
- Kathy, Alexandria
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A non-mutually exclusive experience of life.
David
- David, New York
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We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
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to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
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To be human is to have memories of stories from the past.
Gracie FLood
- Gracie FLood, Emmaus, PA, USA
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Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
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To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
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A species that can ponder their existence.
Valerie First
- Valerie First, Winter Springs, Florida
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To wonder and fear what the future has in store for us.
Kaitlin Smith
- Kaitlin Smith, Saint Joseph
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To be human means to be bipedal, the ability to speak, react differently, have style, and to have free hands.
Aliser
- Aliser , The Springfield Renaissance School
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To be a human is to possess the attribute of bipedal locomotion, and also the ability to adapt to new and changing environments.
Tyler
- Tyler, Columbus, OH
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It means as humans we should stay in fairly good shape. You never know when you might have to run.
Louisiana
- Louisiana, USA
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To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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To think, to feel to have empathy, to want more for your children than for yourself
Gavin Brannan
- Gavin Brannan, Mississippi
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Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
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