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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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Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
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Andromeda galaxie
Language, imagination, problem solving, curiosity, creativity, self importance, ego, society, childhood dependency, adult immaturity.
Steve
- Steve, DC
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To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
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Being human is being able to read, hear or see something and then being able to feel emotion from it.
Inigo
- Inigo, Australia
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to be made in the image of God the being who spoke stars into existence
kelsey
- kelsey, virginia
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To have a written language and the ability to communicate through words and symbols. To be tame yet animalistic when necessary.
Alva Peguero
- Alva Peguero, San Diego, CA
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To be loved, to love, experience, make mistakes, and to prevail, despite our shortcomings.
Savannah
- Savannah, Coronado, CA
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it means that you walk on two feet you have a bigger brain than any other animal we can communicate in some way we have emotions
Peter Skutt
- Peter Skutt, portland OR
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Our 3 brains in 1, we have traits from reptiles mammals and primates. Our conscience makes us human and sets us apart from all others.
Cathy Burks Stogner
- Cathy Burks Stogner, Mooresville, NC USA
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To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
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The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
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to be free
zeleny
- zeleny, CA
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We are moral agents capable of creating and recognizing moral reasons to act, enabling us to navigate the moral reality of our universe.
Ian Sharp
- Ian Sharp, Canada
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To have the responsability to protect the planet and to make a more enjoyable life to all
Hector Rubio
- Hector Rubio , Chihuahua, Mexico
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To dream and be more than we are today in the future. To love eachother and to laugh. To design to meet human needs, wants and desires.
Carolynne
- Carolynne, Melbourne, Australia
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to be a free man to discover to explore to care for all
s
- s, new york
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Sharing the concepts of compassion, the beauty in art, and to nurture and love one another without ideology.
Mikey
- Mikey, Missouri
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
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To make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.
Joel
- Joel, Greensboro, North Carolina
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The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
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To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
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To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
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Graecopithecus freybergi is going to be censored soon. It is a racist scientific finding, and doesn't fit the narrative.
Pepe Kek's Prophet
- Pepe Kek's Prophet, Kekistan
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Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
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To teach... humans were among the first animals to teach their young rather than just show them so they could imitate.
Ra Amsler
- Ra Amsler, Vienna, VA
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To send the human out to the farthest edge of speculation to investigate the human mind.
Len
- Len, Joshua Tree
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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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It means to do what your Creator want from you to do.
Abbas
- Abbas, Pakistan
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Being human means that you have your own life to live, and that you have your own personality.
Julia
- Julia, Florida
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to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
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To have the ability to act on something other than instinct and choosing to do so.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, California
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Capable of "rational" thinking and having a concept of "mind".
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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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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The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
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Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
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It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
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To be human means to have emotions, to show and contain them. Also, that humans have the ability to remember the smallest things.
Mrs. McPhee Class D
- Mrs. McPhee Class D, Litchfield, NH
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