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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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being human is to wonder what's NEXT!?!?
Lew
- Lew, Cambridge, MA
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To be different from one another
Iris
- Iris, La
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I'm not sure
Mrs. Chomik
- Mrs. Chomik, Stone age
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People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
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We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
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To be human means to not really know the real definition of being human.
Morgan
- Morgan, Bay Area, California
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To be human is to have the ability to hope for the best and wonder at the possiblities.
erica
- erica, Texas
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being human means that we are more advanced and we use are hands and we have technology and tools.
jamesshepard
- jamesshepard, NJ
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being human means having feeling and emotions
Hunter
- Hunter , Colorado
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to be like us
m a z
- m a z, iran
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Being human means to have ,emotion ,Lanugre to ,stand on to feet ,migrate to different places.
Rhiana
- Rhiana , NJ
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Humans are land based organisms which rely on powerful inventions, elaborate plans, and fellowship. They perform scientific investigations.
Philip Moseman
- Philip Moseman, Omaha, NE
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There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
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To be rad
sawwg killer
- sawwg killer, your mom
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To be human means to explore answers, and find your individual PURPOSE.
Hamza Areff
- Hamza Areff, Melbourne, Australia
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Human brains use 20% of our energy. They also give us the ability to do almost every other human characteristic. Our minds make us human.
AnnaBeth Graves
- AnnaBeth Graves, Washington D.C
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To be human means to act with emotion and be able to connect through kindness and compassion.
Lilly
- Lilly , Colorado
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To be a human means to know the difference between right and wrong.
Lonnie Fahl
- Lonnie Fahl, Modesto, California
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
5
To possess a conscience; a part of us that allows us to discern right from wrong (i.e. feel guilt) and it shapes how we act.
TrinityTitans
- TrinityTitans, Oakville
1
To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
1
To be human is to have emotions and the intelligence to understand/accept them as well as other things animals can't.
Emily
- Emily, USA
0
Being able to express yourself in more that 140 characters.
Wanemego
- Wanemego, Johnson
0
To be human to need to have good banter
Catherine Vincent
- Catherine Vincent, U.K.
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to think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
what
- what, texas
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It means you breathe oxygen and bleed blood.
Amy
- Amy, Purvis
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It means that you need to learn, help, be kind, and to be super calm.
John
- John, NYC, New York
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To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
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Being human involves an inherent sense of self that no other animal could hope to replicate.
Luke
- Luke, Pennsylvania
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being human means to feel love, pain. take every opportunity that comes your way without hesitation. It means to live life to the fullest.
Amy
- Amy, Victoria, Australia
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It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
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To be human is to have greater intelligence than our ancestors that we study today
Jacqueline Xu
- Jacqueline Xu, Cupertino, CA
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To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
Katie
- Katie, London
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To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
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To comprehend time as a linear progression, the basis for understanding the value of memory and its importance in planning for the future.
Walter Koch
- Walter Koch, Earlysville, Virginia
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To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
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being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
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The human is the thing that God 's creature. To be a human is a member of the society to live in together.
Jenny
- Jenny, Greenville,SC
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