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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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We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
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To be human is to be able to invent. To create. To think creatively. To be able to convey and share ideas.
Alex
- Alex, Fresno, California
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To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
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Does being the long-unawaited product of a series of entropic coincidences, carry purpose or meaning?
Nathan
- Nathan, NM
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Not to do the mistakes for which we suffer earlier or have seen doing which other suffer.
Debasis
- Debasis, India
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Being human means we have the ability to think, reason and plan. It also means we rarely ever use these abilities.
Michael
- Michael, Madison, Wisconsin
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I think being human means to fulfill one's passions and goals in life.
Haylee
- Haylee, California
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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 be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
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To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
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To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
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Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
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I think being human is the ability to feel emotions towards others, love is the strongest among these emotions.
Lisakhanya
- Lisakhanya, South Africa
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being humans mean to have control of emotions,having to be able to make strong structers,and last to have conplex minds.
April
- April, springfield
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god made us and we should be happy for it
svetlana orlov
- svetlana orlov, Missouri
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To be human is to be created in the image of God for a sanctifying relationship with Him.
Makenna
- Makenna , Dillon
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Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
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it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
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To be human is to take care of the individuals of our own species, be they the disabled, the elder, or the dead ones.
gas
- gas, Spain
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To be able to ask what it means to live a good life.
Will L
- Will L, Boston, MA
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It means you breathe oxygen and bleed blood.
Amy
- Amy, Purvis
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have more advanced cognitive skills able to reason
shania
- shania, washington state
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Humans are social we are capable of love, hope, and sympathy. And thats what keeps us alive, the ability to stay together through emotions.
Nora
- Nora, Portland, OR
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Made in the image of God, put on this Earth for His purposes and glory.
John
- John, 3:16
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To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
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I hope, one day smarter than now...!
Alexis
- Alexis, Belgium
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To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
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The very fact that we consider this question!
Sherylle
- Sherylle, Western Australia
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Being human means having a capacity to both learn and teach, and to make rational decisions tempered by emotions.
James
- James, Elmsdale, PE
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To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
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To create and perpetuate Culture, is to be human.
Magdalena
- Magdalena, Wisconsin
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Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
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To not be any other animal or life form and know it.
Hulon
- Hulon, Rialto
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humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
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To be able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
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opposable thumbs
Sara
- Sara, Washington, DC
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it means that we are one of the human group and we might evolve. WE are part of the human timeline
Anastasia Helaena
- Anastasia Helaena, Africa
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We no longer adapt to our environments. Rather, we manipulate our environments, forcing them to adapt to us.
Cassandra McLean
- Cassandra McLean, Rahway, NJ
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to connect your mind with the minds of all the human species.
Anfal m.
- Anfal m., Arabia
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To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
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