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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 have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
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we aren't humans beings trying to be spiritual, we're spiritual beings trying to be human.
Sapeins
- Sapeins, Sapeins
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it means to be free.
bogogo
- bogogo, is not your info
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To be human is to survive and thrive, to learn and to prosper.
Gabriel Celaya
- Gabriel Celaya, High Tech High L.A.
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being amoral, and raised like a sheep under control of powerful organizations that have ruled throughout the ages passed.
Azoth
- Azoth, Arizona
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Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
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It means you can have success and bad mistakes
Holden
- Holden, Portland
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Being a human means living like a regular animal but with very different features.
Christopher
- Christopher, Illinois
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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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To grasp the concept of time, to understand things which we don't need to understand, to not need to rely on instincts to do things.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Australia
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To love and create.
Alex Gutierrez
- Alex Gutierrez, Newburgh
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Being human is your ability to socialize with others and learn information from others to use to your benefit.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, Oregon
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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 be human is to make mistakes and realize that we live our lives based on freewill and not a machine/fate.
Phantumm
- Phantumm, CA
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Accepting and denying what we will based on our own biases, despite the presence of opposing proof.
Tino S
- Tino S, United Kindom, Hatfield
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To have the ability to wonder
Conner Bickford
- Conner Bickford, Roseville, CA
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To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
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Imagination
Mematron
- Mematron, New York
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To be a shame to the universe
Bob
- Bob, Tokyo
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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 Croaby
- Angus Croaby, Hong Kong
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To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
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Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
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Your existence is part of an infinite universe and however long or short it is, it still has an impact like a pebble being thrown in a pond.
Corine Batista
- Corine Batista, New York
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We are made in God's image. He died on a cross and loves and desires a relationship with us if we repent and believe in Him! Jer. 29:13
Dani
- Dani, South Carolina
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Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
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To lust.
Kelsey Meyer
- Kelsey Meyer, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
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To err is to be human. - Some Greek Dude probably
Jason K
- Jason K, Emmaus, PA, USA
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To develop, the way we understand and build things like relationship with friends.
Jazlynn
- Jazlynn, Waianae,Hi
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To hand an orangutan an iPad and marvel at what it mean to be an orang!
Carla Bitter
- Carla Bitter, Seattle WA
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To posses a large brain and the ability to communicate through speech and the use of tools
Angelica Li
- Angelica Li, United States
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why does scientist say that we are " In the perfect location of life" what happen if aren't to only in the universe.
syfy
- syfy, albuquerque
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To enjoy human activities such like breathing air
Humanboi1.1+
- Humanboi1.1+, Deutschland
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To be conscious of our consciousness
Arthur Frank
- Arthur Frank, Amsterdam
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It means to have knowledge and a choice
Jose
- Jose, Berlin, Germany
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to be human means to be able to do things that we werent able to do yrs. back and to be able to think more clearly
clorissa
- clorissa, gloucester city jr.-sr. high school
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Judging by our history so far, and by how well we think of ourselves, rather than "Homo Sapiens" I think we are "Homo Egoisticus."
Christine Demarais
- Christine Demarais, Burlington, Vermont
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To be human, you must feel connections to others and experience "human emotions," such as being sad or happy.
Cami Sample
- Cami Sample, Denver, CO
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It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
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Being human is the ability to recognize the impactful presence we have on our planet as well as the innate responsibility of stewardship.
David C.
- David C., Inyokern, CA
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To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
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