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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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Creatures whose own conciseness of it self can either detrimental to its own survival or its own extinction.
Victor
- Victor, Usa
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This is a handprint of the nomads from B.C.E. times
To be human you must believe in may things.
JR
- JR, Virginia
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Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
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to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
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To strive to make a better future and accept failure.
Allison
- Allison, McLaren Vale, South Australia
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To be human means to have a higher intellectual ability than other animals, while also having emotion, as well as logic.
Noah Terry
- Noah Terry, NJ
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it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
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To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
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To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
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To be Human is to be dominit, smart, advanced, and unique
Garcia,Hernandez,
- Garcia,Hernandez, , Renaissance school
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To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
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Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
Mike
- Mike, Kosovo
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it means that we are different from everybody else on the earth.`
Ashley
- Ashley, new york
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Science has helped humans to grow and prosper but at a very high and unaffordable cost of the environment which will destroy us one day
Brian Dsouza
- Brian Dsouza, Goa
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To be human is to be complex, beautiful, ecstatic, sad, and hopeful all at once.
bobbie Coverman
- bobbie Coverman, Austin, Texas
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To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
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To be able to construct a society and think about the world around us.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, Windermere, fl
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To shape the world around us.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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We are the only species that is able to destroy, repair and construct any other species and or its habitat.
Morgan
- Morgan, Astoria OR
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To commit mistakes.
Jose
- Jose, Compton
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Humans have innovation and the ability to improve. They don't stop at adaptation, they continue until what they have is the best for them.
Adam Sharger
- Adam Sharger, High Tech Los Angeles
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Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions
Ansar
- Ansar, Woodburn
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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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The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
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It means you have a brain with a well developed frontal cortex
Gandha key
- Gandha key, London, UK
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To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
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To be human means to use our minds and instincs swell.
Benjamin Ryan
- Benjamin Ryan, Massachusettes, Springfield
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Sitting behind a monitor, thinking about an abstract question someone at the other side of the globe just asked you.
Gert-Jan
- Gert-Jan, Netherlands
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To be human is to have the abilities of compassion, reason, and coexisting with everything in nature.
Sharnae
- Sharnae, Duluth, MN
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Being human means being born to die
Tearra Ferguson
- Tearra Ferguson, North Carolina
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no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
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having the most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
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As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
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Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Being human is to do what a normal human would do. If you were born a human you are the same with different features.
Jason
- Jason, Johannesburg
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Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
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Language...
Tracy
- Tracy, Arkansas
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to interact with our environment via the utility of our thumbs.
Gail
- Gail, Alexandria VA
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A human is curious, creative, adaptable, and also closed minded and submissive of the new; in other words humans are self contradictory.
bruce
- bruce, mendocino
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Human nature is being able to change think logically,have emotions, and be independent.
charlie
- charlie, texas
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