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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 stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
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Being human means to simply feel, imagine, and grow.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, USA
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It means that we use the knowledge of our past experiences to face the challenges that are forced upon us.
Luca
- Luca, Portland, Oregon
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Human means being able to fill out the "word verfication" blank in order to submit a comment on what it means to be human.
bej
- bej, USA
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To be created by God in his image.
Madi
- Madi, St.Louis
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Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
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to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
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Being human means walking, thinking, and working differently than other species.
Nina
- Nina, Portland, OR
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Human's can choose right from wrong.This comes at the huge cost of all.
Danielle Montello
- Danielle Montello, Rockport, Ma
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To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
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write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
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Being human is about discovering new things in the world.
Cis Zerna
- Cis Zerna, HTLA
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To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
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a human is one that has thoughts,emotions,dreams,and ability to speak also a human is one with beleifs and is able to walk bipedily.
Michelle
- Michelle, MA Springfeild USA
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Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
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Put your underwear on one leg at a time.
Lily
- Lily, Chicago, IL
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To be human is to know that God made me to know Him, to love Him and be happy with Him in the next life.
Hal M.
- Hal M., Boston, MA
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To be human is to feel feelings and have the ability to have empathy for another.
Christine R
- Christine R, Boston
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to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
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Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
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to be human is to have complex thought, question life, participate in society, empathize and to use tools and language.
Brittney
- Brittney , Ottawa
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The brain is the greatest tool humans have ever discovered.
Being human is to experience everything you can, to learn, to teach, to create, to alter; to explore your human abilities, to enhance them.
Jesus
- Jesus, Alien Mothership
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being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
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What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
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To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Crosby
- Angus Crosby, Hong Kong
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To be able to remember the past and to imagine the future.
Adriana Calejo
- Adriana Calejo, Miami, FL
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To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
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To spread Gods word and to live and love
Joshua Reddy
- Joshua Reddy , South Africa
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Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
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I think being human means we all have minds, and biochemical make-up of our bodies and knowing how to use them together makes us human.
Nancy Thompson
- Nancy Thompson, Longview, WA
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Superior cognitive recognition and contemplation.
Ed Vinieratos
- Ed Vinieratos, American in Moscow, Russia
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To cook
Ilse
- Ilse, Mexico
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To be human means to be intelligant and to be the dominate species. Also to be able to be in our state of mind.
Courtney
- Courtney, The Springfield Renaissance School
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To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
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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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We are made in the image of God.
Damon
- Damon, Baltimore, MD
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To be human is to be unique, be yourself and make mistakes. Being imperfect and having the right to choose. Being human is to be yourself.
Genevieve
- Genevieve, Blackburn High School, Australia
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to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
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Having the free will to make moral choices for the common good or for ourselves alone.
Paul H
- Paul H, Fairfax, VA
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Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
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