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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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I think that to be human means that we are made in God's image and that we are alive through Him.
Madilyne Williams
- Madilyne Williams , Omaha, NE
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Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
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Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
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It means that you are your own unique person and no one else is like you.
Julia
- Julia, NJ
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Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
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To be a human is to be able to think critically and act according to it; to learn and discover things around us; and to live and enjoy life.
Jeanalyn
- Jeanalyn, Illinois
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We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
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What are authoritative definitions of "human"?
Patrick D. Shannon
- Patrick D. Shannon, USA
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To make mistakes and fix them in a intelligent way. To take care and live on, and while doing it learning for science and future people.
Ethan W-F
- Ethan W-F, South Africa
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An arsenal of concepts that manifest as either physical objects and structures or cultural practices.
William
- William, Oregon
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Being human means to simply feel, imagine, and grow.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, USA
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A bipedal primate with the ability to ask the question "who and what am I".
David L. Jones
- David L. Jones, Ga.
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Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
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Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
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Just to living your life and be alive!!!!(:
Morgan Price
- Morgan Price, Fillmore, In
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To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
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To Think Critically and Reason
Taylor
- Taylor, South Carolina
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Being human is to have emotion, a conscience, advanced societal structure, complex language, and a highly developed brain.
Mary
- Mary, Silver Spring, MD
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What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
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to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
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being human means going to school and learn about what is it to be human
Parul
- Parul, Bangalore , India
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Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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Being a human means being created in the image of God for the purpose of honoring and glorifying Him with your life.
Jordan
- Jordan, SC
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We are here to give life meaning
Pedro
- Pedro, Fort Collins,CO
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i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
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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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How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
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The ability to make moral decisions
Orange juice
- Orange juice , Washington
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To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
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To be human is to seek understanding of our environment, our fellow man, and ourselves.
Kevin Borland
- Kevin Borland, Arlington, VA
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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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 human is to be curious of all and niothing in the same time
benja
- benja, france
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To know more than you should and think less than you could
F Cahill
- F Cahill, Dublin Ireland
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it means to express your feelings with more than 140 characters
sam
- sam, michigan
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To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
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To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
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Create and share stories.
Bella
- Bella, Indonesia
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It means to have a higher level of thinking.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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To be human is to have freedom of choice and recognition of one self.
Kira
- Kira, Hawaii
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