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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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Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
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We bear the enormous responsibility to protect this great planet. We destroy with disregard but are amazed to see the dolls in museums.
Devi
- Devi, Santa Fe, NM
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To play roblox and throw your keyboard across the room while listening to kids bop
Jesse
- Jesse, Maryland
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To be human means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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Our species all have a somewhat selfish goal; to satisfy our wants. Humans, we long for fulfillment something worth living for, purpose.
aswali
- aswali, va
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To make mistakes & make them into ideas, changing & impacting the world. It also means to adapt to the world & have locomotion.
JBRG
- JBRG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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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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what it means to be human is walking upright on 2 legs
dontae
- dontae, manhattan, new york
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being human means having multiple lobes in your brain and using each lobe for different parts of everyday life.
Jesenia H.
- Jesenia H., Portland, Oregon
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To have the ability to communicate long distances, using wireless communication with others of our kind.
Aren
- Aren, California
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being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
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To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
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to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, TO BE
Tim Nguyen
- Tim Nguyen, Yorba Linda, Ca, USA
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I think being humanness means a sinful creature. Being human is to exist in the image of God and to exist with the purpose of finding God
Kristi
- Kristi, Israel
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The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
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Hello I am Alexis I am sharing a computer with Olivia
Alexis/Olivia
- Alexis/Olivia, Pensacola Flordia
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The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
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To be Human is to Understand. To understand our world, to understand each other, to be flawed so we know what it's like to be flawed
Ben.T
- Ben.T, Blackburn HS Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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Being human means having an awareness that he is different from other beings and capable of thinking beyond his experience.
Angga Hendrawan
- Angga Hendrawan, Indonesia
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All humans aren't perfect, you learn from your mistakes and problems. Each individual has their own unique quality.
Andrew C
- Andrew C, Roosevelt High School Portland Or.
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it means that you have skin and that you can speak one of the many languages of the world
blah
- blah, europe
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Being a human means being a member of the homo sapien species.
C
- C, North Carolina
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To be human is to wonder about our own being, never losing sight of the mystery of our own existence, continually willing to be the seekers.
Eric Lomas
- Eric Lomas, Omaha, NE
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Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
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Well it can mean anything you want it to. Human It dozen't mean anything because "meaning" is wholly subjective.
Roger
- Roger, Montana
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Being human means to be advanced in intelligence and being able to have interests like art and music unlike other species.
Emily C.
- Emily C., Vermont
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to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
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We are species-confined/defined matter that contains grey matter that observes matter and determines what matters.
Janine Chase-Russell
- Janine Chase-Russell, Gilbert, AZ
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Our ability to cooperate beyond personal gain.
Brandon
- Brandon, Santa Maria, CA
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When the abstract reasoning prevails over instincts, and also led us –guided by moral- to an enhanced enjoining of instincts
Manuel Vazquez
- Manuel Vazquez, Cuba
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being human means understanding that we do not control the world The earth controls us.-Michael,Omaha,NE
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- on page1, on page 1
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God's Creation
Gayle
- Gayle, Virginia
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To care for creature around us and respect ourselves for who we are
Jai Sikka
- Jai Sikka, Birmingham,Uk
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To be human means to have a soul. Humans are distinctly different from animals this way. Humans are created after the image of God.
Chantel
- Chantel, South Carolina
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a human being is an organism capable of breeding with other human beings in order to produce fertile offspring
Christopher Arendt
- Christopher Arendt, Unknown
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having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
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To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
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Being human is beautiful and a beautiful disaster. It is what you make it. Your choices and decisions make up your humanity.
Lydia L
- Lydia L, New jersey
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taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
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human, in my eyes, is just the unique-ness of every one and every thing, and having the ability to notice.
"Lizard"
- "Lizard", "Seal"
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