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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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As humans we have the ability to comprehend that we exist with millions of other species and that our actions affect all living things.
Greg L
- Greg L, Memphis, TN
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Being human is to live and explore the world and everything around you.
Rachel
- Rachel, Portland, OR
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To me, being human means you can walk upright, have a large brain and being able to feel emotions.
Rachel, age 15
- Rachel, age 15, Boston, MA
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To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
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I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
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Determining energetically accurate truths using human anatomy and reducing burdens of all anatomy as fast as comfortably possible.
Rosa
- Rosa, United Kingdom
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Our unlimited curiosity beyond what we need next. Our ability to wonder where we came from and why are we here? Our articulate language
Maeve
- Maeve, Pennsylvania
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We are a species who can be compassionate but yet to the other extreme still ignorant to the rest of the species on the planet.
Ron
- Ron, Minneapolis, MN
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To be human is to be able to change the environment to meet our needs rather than adapt to the environment around us.
D'Juan Moreland
- D'Juan Moreland, Baltimore, MD
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To be Human is to be able to ask the question "What does it mean to be Human?"
Krishna
- Krishna , Denmark
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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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Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
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To be human is to realize that the world, the universe is much much bigger than whats around you. To use imagination and to think.
Gavin Alward
- Gavin Alward, Port Angeles, Washington
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to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
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Unfortunately, to be human is to have the capacity to act against nature. No other creature can commit such acts.
G. Bernard Sawyer
- G. Bernard Sawyer, Stone Mountain, GA. USA
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Our need to understand our enviroment and the world around us.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle , Washington DC
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To be HUMAN is to understand the intrinsic role, nature, music and art plays in the social evolution of the self !
Hilina Berhanu
- Hilina Berhanu, Europe
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The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
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It means that you are your own unique person and no one else is like you.
Julia
- Julia, NJ
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It means you are self aware and that you can look for answers to the endless questions that life poses.
Linda Casebolt
- Linda Casebolt , Kansas City, Missouri
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To be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
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To be human means to go beyond our set limits
Adela
- Adela, America
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Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
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To be human means to be intelligant and to be the dominate species. Also to be able to be in our state of mind.
Courtney
- Courtney, The Springfield Renaissance School
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To be human means to be able to make sense of the reality to the greatest possible extent but yet within perceived and unperceived limits.
Emanuela Bove
- Emanuela Bove, Italy
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god has made humans to rule over the earth. so as humans we are the protectors of the planet and ourselves.
Nela
- Nela, Columbus, Indiana, USA
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We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
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It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
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To communicate with others, feel emotions, work together with our differences, explore, be innovative, & change the world.
Sarah
- Sarah, Portland, OR
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It means we are smarter with the ability to use symbolic language and we must survive on technology or we could be extinct or endangered.
Morgan Berard
- Morgan Berard, Maine
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To wonder and fear what the future has in store for us.
Kaitlin Smith
- Kaitlin Smith, Saint Joseph
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Find Yourself, Lose Yourself, Then Find Others...
Benjamin E.
- Benjamin E., Chile
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To love and tolerate
Nicolò
- Nicolò, turin, italy
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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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Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
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To be human means that, in millions of years, we have become today, caring, intuitive, conniving, intelligent, and ever-learning primates.
Emali Brophy
- Emali Brophy, HTLA Charter High School
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To Think and shape the world around us.
Jason
- Jason, Tucson
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The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
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Being able to change and adapt to what lies ahead of us.
Coralie
- Coralie, Cody, WY
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the ability to change our surroundings to suite ourselves, therefore making us extremely adaptable and expanding our niche
Nina
- Nina, Texas
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