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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 able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
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We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
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It means that you need to learn, help, be kind, and to be super calm.
John
- John, NYC, New York
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to be human you have to have a soul, thats what my teacher mr. Gentzler told me. you also hve to be really smart.
Emma Hokoda
- Emma Hokoda, Waashington D.C
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It means you are a member of the current dominant species on this planet.
Brian
- Brian, Parsons
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To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
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It means to have a relatively advanced brain, and the abilities to interact socially and to evolve based on the surrounding environment.
Iman
- Iman, Portland, OR
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god made us and we should be happy for it
svetlana orlov
- svetlana orlov, Missouri
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Humans are primates because we are Bipedal, we have foreword facing eyes, and we share 98% of our DNA with nonhuman Primates.
Jacob Luck
- Jacob Luck , UNCG ATY 253 Spring 2017
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We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
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Being human is having the ability to form complex thoughts that create the meaningful out of the meaningless. It's a path-dependent process!
Abraham Gutierrez
- Abraham Gutierrez, Ontario, CA
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I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
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Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
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Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
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Being human is to live a massive paradox. Our abilities at reasoning are eclipsed only by our abilities at self-deception and hubris.
Gary
- Gary, Madison, WI
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Being human is to have a soul; to experience emotions, empathy, morality, and to have a desire to be part of a community.
Kailey
- Kailey, Marshfield, WI
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To be human is to have a soul. God has blessed us above all of his creation.
Kitzi
- Kitzi, Warrenton, Ga.
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To live a long and happy life.
Jack R.
- Jack R., Iowa
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being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
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Part of a rubics cube that rotates not only spatially (geographically) in one direction but also temporally.
Neil Gunn
- Neil Gunn, Bonne Terre, Mo.
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To be human means to know the heart of the matter.
Stephanie Lewis
- Stephanie Lewis, Whitsett, NC
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Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
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To have the ability to record thoughts, history and ideas.
James
- James, Maryland
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Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
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To be human means to walk upright, to have our skeleton shape, being intelegent, andto be unique.
korey
- korey, springfield ma
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We have the vulnerability of choice. We have a desire to create progress and insite change; the ability to understand and change our veiws
Dayle
- Dayle, Seattle
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Being human is to want to know everything but to know (almost) nothing.
yilmaz
- yilmaz, izmir
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To be a human is to become one, before you knew so...
Henny H
- Henny H, Indonesia
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To be alive, and have FUN!
Richard
- Richard, New York
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To lust.
Kelsey Meyer
- Kelsey Meyer, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
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To be human is to try and find the answer to being human.
Josue Santos
- Josue Santos, Houston
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Having the ability to create technology, be inventive, communicate in a language, and be social and loyal in a structured society.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Portland, OR
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Understand the world and act to better our future and do good to others. 'Greater' talents come with greater responsibilities
mik
- mik, mauritius, indian ocean
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To be alive and free to think, act, and experience life.
Hadley
- Hadley, North Carolina
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it means to breathe and move also to live
Annistacia
- Annistacia, MI
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To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
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Helpful and Hurtful Unique Magnificent and monstrous Amazing and awful Never predictable
Anjali Gupta
- Anjali Gupta, California
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die
miguel
- miguel, arvin
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it means that your here to find your faith or challenge
angela
- angela, Rhode Island
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To walk on 2 legs, to communicate and use language, to have culture, to have more neurons, innovation and imagination
Maya Yanez
- Maya Yanez, Torrance, CA
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