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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 love others
Min He
- Min He, SC
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To err is human. Just kidding. A real human is animalistic, and anything better is not human, but a person regardless of species.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Alaska
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To communicate with others, feel emotions, work together with our differences, explore, be innovative, & change the world.
Sarah
- Sarah, Portland, OR
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To be human is to be created in the image of God and to o possess the faculties of thought, communication, emotion, and free-will
Evan
- Evan, Greenville, South Carolina
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Being human means that we are a highly specialized and evolved being capable of sharing culture through language.
Maddie
- Maddie, Austin, TX
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To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
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To vote.
Katrina
- Katrina, MI
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To be human these days is apparently to come up with your own definitions of things like being human.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Texas
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One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
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To be human is to be a creator where we have transcended through history by creating what we need to insure our survival
Amanda
- Amanda, Deerfield Beach, Florida
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Having the abilities to think, refine natural resources for our own comfort and protect or kill other species.
Jason
- Jason , Sydney, Australia
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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To be human means to think to create and transform, to have the capacity to see beyond what exists and to innovate, where morality prevail.
Valentina
- Valentina, Colombia
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the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
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Human has ability to make verbal conversation and interact each other. We have moral to decisions
Justin
- Justin, Seattle
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Being human means that you are being controlled by your brain and are prone to many different errors throughout your life including mistakes
Logan Word
- Logan Word, Dallas tx
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Today, to be human is to search for the most fulfilling way to spend the time that our ancestors spent hunting and gathering
Arvin Raj Mathur
- Arvin Raj Mathur, Cleveland, OH
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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 is to constantly flip through chaos to find meaning in something, and revert back into chaos.
Avani Jain
- Avani Jain, India
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To be human is to be aware of our individuality and mortality and to desperately seek meaning in our brief existence.
Daniel Cox
- Daniel Cox, Sacramento, CA
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Being human means that we have a soul that can either be saved and live with God forever in heaven, or can be damned to hell for eternity.
Jared
- Jared, Greenville, SC
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Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
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A actual living,breathing fuctional creature that was created to experince the life that was given to us here on earth.
Linda
- Linda, florida
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To serve God and to better the world around us.
Luke
- Luke, Charlotte, NC
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Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
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being human means that we are more advanced and we use are hands and we have technology and tools.
jamesshepard
- jamesshepard, NJ
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I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
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To be versatile and ever-changing. A sign of humanity is our need for intellectual and social interaction.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, COSTAATT, Trinidad
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to be a human is the greatest thing ever!!!!!!!!
noah nadi 11 years old
- noah nadi 11 years old, foothill ranch CA
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To be able to collaborate with others from across the globe.
Chloe .D
- Chloe .D, Denver, CO
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To imagine and dream
Sam
- Sam, Uk
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Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
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It doesn't.
yes
- yes, Bay City
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it means to make mistakes, evolve, learn new ways to do things, grow up. Embrace it. Accept it as it is.
Champagne
- Champagne, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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It means to explore and be free and go to school for children and learn things.
Ariadna
- Ariadna, SanDiego
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BEING A HOOMAN MEENS TO BE ABEL TO WALK ON TOO LEGS AND PICK THINGS UP WITH ORE HANDS. MERICA! THATS WHY.
Barry
- Barry, Johnson
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What separates humans and animals is that we often self reflect on what we do during the day while animals do not.
Zean
- Zean, California
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Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
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To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
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To be human you have to have a brain and an orderly body structure.
Devinity Apollon
- Devinity Apollon, Washington, DC
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