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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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it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
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To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
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To leave a global legacy which future generations can ignore, adopt or fight over..
Ian
- Ian, EMEA
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Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
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The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
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Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
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Being human means to be able to interact with others emotionally and intellectually.
katherine
- katherine, greenville south carolina
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Humans constitute the first and only species which has named itself. We, humans, have proclaimed ourselves humans. To be human is to name.
Cedric Fangeat
- Cedric Fangeat, London
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To love and to be loved
Natalie
- Natalie, California
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To Be human is to make mistakes, and to express individuality
Sarah
- Sarah, Los Angeles
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It means being part of a truly cultural primal species.
Roberto
- Roberto, São Paulo, Brazil
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It is our identity as a species and defines our uniqueness as individuals compared to other species.
Callum Richardson.
- Callum Richardson., Burnley, Lancashire.
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We have a brain that has a million gigs of memory. We also the ability of Adaptation we adapt to the environment.
Alex Murphy
- Alex Murphy, High Tech LA
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Not doing onto our planet what you wouldn't want it to do onto our grandchildren.
Johan
- Johan, USA
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It means that you can wonder about what it means to be human
Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson
- Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson, Israel
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To have a sense of being alive and to breathe. To be human means to have emotions like kindness, compassion, anger, and sadness.
Alex S
- Alex S, Florida
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What it mean to be human? I think to be human is to stand up for what is wrong and do the right thing
Lachlan
- Lachlan, NSW
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Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
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the only species able to sequence his own genome
Marrero
- Marrero, Brazil
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The skill to surpass anything in our way using our minds.
Rhett Torralba
- Rhett Torralba, St. Louis, Missouri
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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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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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 be conscious of our consciousness
Arthur Frank
- Arthur Frank, Amsterdam
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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
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It means you are self aware and that you can look for answers to the endless questions that life poses.
Linda Casebolt
- Linda Casebolt , Kansas City, Missouri
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To Err, to consider and weigh consequences. To be responsible for those less than us. Loving, developing relationships and character.
Zoe Riggs
- Zoe Riggs, Kannapolis
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Being human means having the ability to love.
Hannah
- Hannah, Atlanta, GA
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To be human is to be the species, and live life.
Saydi Mendoza
- Saydi Mendoza, Lake Highlands Highschool
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It is the Great feeling of the nature which at last know itself.
Mohamed Abdallah
- Mohamed Abdallah, UK
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Being a human means to always wondering ''why''.
Emilie
- Emilie, Canada
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to be human is to have sympathy and empathy: while not to be human is to not to have any
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA, USA
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To live not just survive.
Tom Hamilton
- Tom Hamilton, UK
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In one sense, it is being what you are, but wanting to be better. Knowing you aren't perfect and trying to attain something greater.
Andrew
- Andrew, Greenville, SC
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bacon and ipods
isaiahdawebb
- isaiahdawebb, lol not tellin
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To know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
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To be the pinnacle of the evolutionary process, but also to have a soul.
Edwin Blackwell
- Edwin Blackwell, London, UK
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To cook
Ilse
- Ilse, Mexico
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to be smart
marie
- marie, springfield
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Humans are very different from all animals. We are humans. Humans can use there hands, speak a different language and ask for money.
Rachel
- Rachel, New Jersey
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