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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 evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
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I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
Maddy Paulson
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
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To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
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To be human to be be artistic in everything we do. Humans have art all around them everyday and live life in the influence of art.
Alyssa Jones
- Alyssa Jones, Washington, D.C.
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To create knowledge.
Ben
- Ben, MD
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To be human is to be the most egotistical, self-absorbed, destructive, atrocity-committing species on the planet.
Steve Schlarb
- Steve Schlarb, Irving, Texas
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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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An Animal, who enough dare to think
Vinod
- Vinod, India
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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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to be human means to be able to do things that we werent able to do yrs. back and to be able to think more clearly
clorissa
- clorissa, gloucester city jr.-sr. high school
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To be human is to be the recipient of an unsolicited miracle.
Adam
- Adam , Cedar Grove, NJ
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We can play sports and be active.
Angela
- Angela, Arkansas
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To be human means to laugh, have fun, have the ability to learn and communicate, to understand and help others and to be an individual.
Mimi
- Mimi, NewYork
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To be human is to be curious of all and niothing in the same time
benja
- benja, france
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My definition of human is to try out and discovor whats on the outside world.
Terrell
- Terrell, Massachusettes
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To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
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To love ; - )
joe Shmoe
- joe Shmoe, Emmaus, Pa
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
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To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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To grow constantly with age, either mentally or physically, and also both, but to also share in physical features.
Meaghan
- Meaghan, Amherst, VA
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Toddlers Ask Why
To me, being human is being the universe made manifest, so it may know itself. We are the animal that asks questions!
Marcia La Vine
- Marcia La Vine, St. Cloud, Minnesota
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Being on the top at the food chain by the virtue of developed knowledge and skills.
mansoorq
- mansoorq, pakistan
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To think about other animals like they are human
Jake P.
- Jake P., MD(USA)
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Being a living, talking, and intelligent being.
emily
- emily, virginia
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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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The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
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We are just a kind of animal having ability to think, to reason and communicate effectively.
Volkan Gülbeyaz
- Volkan Gülbeyaz, İzmir, TURKEY
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Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
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to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
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To be human is to have reason and a sense of self; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Kristen
- Kristen, Maryland
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to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
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To have culture, religion, and tradition. To be the unique great ape the god created to be above all other creatures; a human being.
Nehemiah Rodriguez
- Nehemiah Rodriguez, CA
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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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To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
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tribal discussion
Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
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To be Bipedal, have a community, and use tools
shymon
- shymon, Massachusetts
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To Think and shape the world around us.
Jason
- Jason, Tucson
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The core difference for Humans is the ability to direct our own evolutionary path. Deciding our own path is what it means to be Human.
Trevor
- Trevor, Washington, DC
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To be human is to understand at a higher level of cognition one that involves not only intellect but morals the effects of our actions.
Zainab
- Zainab, Boston
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