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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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joe Shmoe
- joe Shmoe, Emmaus, Pa
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emulating the god spirit that dwells in all of us to show compassion for and respect the life in all people and animals.
Leenie
- Leenie, Peoria IL
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Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
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To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
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you need to be intelligent and to be bipedal walk on two legs and all other things bipedal to kill for sport And to have emotion and empathy
Alexander D. Zahm
- Alexander D. Zahm, Vermont
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To be human is to feel. To be human is to be sad, to be happy, to love and to hate. We learn and we grow, to human is to feel.
Lexie
- Lexie, Melbourne
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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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It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
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You are able to walk on two feet and use collective learning in order to gain an understanding of different perspectives.
Issy
- Issy, Sydney
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Being human means that you have to be annoying, aggressive and sly to live.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Cheon
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Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
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To be human is to think, to remember, to empathise and consider. It is to care for the future and to dwell on the past.
Hannah
- Hannah, UK
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Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
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having the most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
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What does it mean to be human?
To be human means to have a more evolved brain, because we have language, collaboration and are evolved economically.
Ashley Marie
- Ashley Marie , Chennai
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to take moral responsibility for our actions--our actions regarding other humans, other animals, and the planet
Sarah
- Sarah, Ohio
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Does being the long-unawaited product of a series of entropic coincidences, carry purpose or meaning?
Nathan
- Nathan, NM
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Being human means making tools for survival. Human also means to stand up and talk.
Matthew
- Matthew , NJ
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To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
Khoa
- Khoa, Torrance
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To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
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To possess a conscience; a part of us that allows us to discern right from wrong (i.e. feel guilt) and it shapes how we act.
TrinityTitans
- TrinityTitans, Oakville
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Superiority to other life forms makes us human.We embark in a quest for uniqueness.
Daniel
- Daniel, Douglas, AZ
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Humans are complex beings who are spiritually connected and have their own thoughts and morals about the world around them.
Brooke
- Brooke, Astoria
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it means that you walk on two feet you have a bigger brain than any other animal we can communicate in some way we have emotions
Peter Skutt
- Peter Skutt, portland OR
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To praise God, and to EAT FOOD
Sir Garfield J. Trump
- Sir Garfield J. Trump, Candyland
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To believe in right versus wrong, that is correct, but it does not mean that we, as humans, always do what is right.
Ashvini
- Ashvini, Illinois
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Curious, love of beauty, meaningful relationships w our world and its creatures, while habitually making choices that destroy what we love.
Rebecca
- Rebecca , New Hampshire
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We are the only creatures created in the image of God.
Kate
- Kate, Alaska
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To learn about the world around us and be the caretaker of the Earth.
Alexandra Clement
- Alexandra Clement, Toronto, On
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To be HUMAN is to experience LIFE with the awareness of TIME. To fulfil one's potential as a HUMAN is to live with Kindness and Wisdom.
Michou
- Michou, England, UK
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Never letting your friends and family go, is love.
Sally
- Sally, Missouri
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To think independently and act upon
Joe
- Joe, Internet
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Being human means that you have the opportunity to make a difference in your world whether that impact is positive or negative.
Bri
- Bri, Illinois
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is someone that is able to adapt to an environment and able to survive and be able to do higher thinking
Anna
- Anna, Los Angeles
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Seek company, partnership, communication and knowledge. The need know what I am, where I came from and what these things around me are.
Elizabeth Manson
- Elizabeth Manson, Australia, Melbourn
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To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
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It means to be human you can keep your environment clean and also pass on your culture on to the next generation.
Lateesha.H
- Lateesha.H, Saanich,BC
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To be compassionate and cognitive. A sentient being with frightining knowledge and apocalyptic capabilities.
Jarrad
- Jarrad, Roma, Queensland
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