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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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Rashaad Gupta
- Rashaad Gupta, Mosul, Iraq
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The ability to express and share complex and abstract ideas through the use of language (written and/or oral) with others of the species.
Sandy
- Sandy, Australia
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eapons to kill or usingmodern age computers     Picture represents evolving human making sense of its needs with passage of time whether it be standing upright, using sharp w
Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
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To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
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To create stories about things you know do not physically exist, and believe in them anyway. To give meaning to the meaningless.
Jenna
- Jenna, Boston, MA, USA
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Humans can imagine future possibilities: they can imagine possible states of existence, or states of matter, beyond what they see or touch.
Kevin Loughran
- Kevin Loughran, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Being human means the ability to be empathetic, yet not understand each other at all.
Katy
- Katy, California
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The ability to start and control fire In the species natural environment.
Jim R
- Jim R, Denver
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to be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
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To wonder about things such as what does it mean to be human.
Mike
- Mike, Oregon
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Human means being an ape that can throw stright. Bipedal platform for throwing jump started humankind.
Elliott Greer
- Elliott Greer, South Carolina
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To know that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
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To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
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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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Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
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DNA.. Nothing more
Christopher Sanders
- Christopher Sanders, Dallas
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It means to be creative.
Bader
- Bader, Australia
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To be human means that we have the capacity to create and modify our physical world and our set standards of ethics and evil.
Jason Yu
- Jason Yu, Torrance, CA
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To be human is to feel emotion, be able to reason, and to exercise your God given ability of free will.
Sean W.
- Sean W., Pearl City, HI
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to think
ahmef
- ahmef, uae
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To be human means to have ambition, the need to help other people, the ability to feel compassion, to love for more than the need to mate.
Theo
- Theo , Washington Dc
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To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
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Determining energetically accurate truths using human anatomy and reducing burdens of all anatomy as fast as comfortably possible.
Rosa
- Rosa, United Kingdom
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We have the ability to make- beer! No other species can do that. *cheers*
Eureka
- Eureka, Malaysia
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The ability to think beyond cause and effect. We have the capacity to create beyond need and venture into the creative world of want.
Laura
- Laura, Atlanta, Ga
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To be a human means to have the ability to love
Kate
- Kate, PA
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adaption,tools,fire,bipedalism,disconnected from our true home and nature,expressing emotion in extremes,surpassing nature
me
- me, usa
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To be able to make your own choices/decisions and exhibit emotions.
Kiley
- Kiley, Astoria, Oregon
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Being the only animal we know of that can understand that they are alive and also that we will one day die.
Joel Thompson
- Joel Thompson, Great Falls, MT
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The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
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To have the ability to wonder
Conner Bickford
- Conner Bickford, Roseville, CA
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Humans have better communication with each other and technology than animals, and we understand the concept of death, and have many emotions
Arne Basden
- Arne Basden, Bahamas
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Being human means developing complex cultures, religion, and being bipedal which gives room for a complex brain structure.
Kristopher Krohn
- Kristopher Krohn, Mesa, Arizona
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eating nachos
iman
- iman, jess
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To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
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To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
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An evolved life form aware of it's transience, mortality. Main ambition is to avoid pain, maximize pleasure and a shared fear of death
Andrew Lautin
- Andrew Lautin, New York
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Being a bi-pedal terrestrial mammal.
Gary Baxel
- Gary Baxel, Joshua Tree, CA
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I think being human means having humanity in the form of love, respect, being able to help others without expecting anything in return etc
Thabang Matlaila
- Thabang Matlaila, Sacred Heart College
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The desire to explore and understand our surroundings and the world around us, to feel passion/emotion towards/with others in our society.
Patricia Lee
- Patricia Lee, Wayne, PA
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