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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 human is to ask, "What does it mean to be human?"
Tom
- Tom, Memphis, TN
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Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
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Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
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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 desire connection and express that connection through art
Dee
- Dee, San Francisco, CA
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To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
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It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
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It means to have knowledge and a choice
Jose
- Jose, Berlin, Germany
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The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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To learn, decide, love, and recreate so our offspring may do the same.
Kayelani
- Kayelani, California
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To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
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to be human means to live, create, dream, and progrees.
walter kroll
- walter kroll, springfield ma
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To be human is to be the pinnacle of God's creation. Humans are made in His image, and are given charge over the whole created order.
Michael
- Michael, Greenville
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We are human to discover and use those discoveries to make us so much smarter and develop new life skills.
Yarden Sasson
- Yarden Sasson, High Tech Los Angles
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Being human is to understand that our actions will cause our demise, and we choose to move forward with those actions anyway.
katie
- katie, howard
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To be human means to use your brain, love, talk, socialize as well as share life and soul with other people.
VKAMEG
- VKAMEG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
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The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
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Being human means to be capable of thinking complex thoughts and communicating with others and the world around them.
Katie
- Katie, Windermere, Florida
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We are,were and shall allways be a part of nature.Our thirst for knowledge,instinct to survive and love is infinite,"naturally"
Steve Molachyk
- Steve Molachyk, ON,CA
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We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
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To be human means to live the human experience and feel. Being human means to live, laugh, weep, smile and so on.
Thabiso P. Holele
- Thabiso P. Holele, South Africa
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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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Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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Being Human means thinking, evaluating, planning, supporting, caring, loving, remembering, empathizing, showing courage, and improving.
Peggy V.
- Peggy V., East Dundee, Illinois
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In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
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An Image of Alec Frazier with the Vignette of Lucy
A wise man once said, “With great power must also come great responsibility.” As human beings, we are privileged and burdened with both.
Alec Frazier
- Alec Frazier, Takoma Park, MD, USA
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To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
Matthew Sin
- Matthew Sin, California
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To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
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We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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i like being a human because you can run walk talk and eat nice food and sleep on a bed and have shelter.
elenoa
- elenoa, mangere, auckland
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To have the intelligence mixed with curiosity to destroy the need for religions.
Jordan Allen
- Jordan Allen, Lawrenceville, PA
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To be human means to be of the Homoe Sapien species.
Zoee Bishop
- Zoee Bishop, Ravenscroft school
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Being human means to have complex thoughts and to be bipedal.
Brianna W.
- Brianna W., Belleville
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Being human is having a complex theory. And have that theory evolve over time. Have that theory explain where we came from.
Matt
- Matt, Kalbarri
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To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
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to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
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To be human, is to think, explore, learn and develop your culture.
Ashley Johnson
- Ashley Johnson, Washington,DC
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