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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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Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
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To survive and to procreate
London
- London, Canada
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To be human is to strive to increase knowledge based on evidence, and to be increasingly free of superstition, dogma and ignorance.
James
- James, Maine
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I believe being human is to have an enhanced technological, intellectual and social experience
Parsa
- Parsa, Beaverton
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it means you are able to ask what does it mean to be human ? in the first place
Alex
- Alex, Yorkshire England
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A human is a bipedal primate that has the ability to teach, learn and communicate through culture, knowledge and complex languages.
Zeping Wang
- Zeping Wang, Los Angeles
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Many ways to answer. Depends what aspect u are looking at. Humans are the most awesome being to ever walk the Earth. More than "just animal"
Don
- Don, Burlingame, CA
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To think you're better than all the other animals.
Marion K. Allen
- Marion K. Allen, Milwaukee, WI
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We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
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to believe that you're better than other life.
aly
- aly, CA
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Being a living, talking, and intelligent being.
emily
- emily, virginia
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To be human is to be able to not be perfect. To sometimes just give up without fear of death.
Gregor
- Gregor, Portland OR
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To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
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To be human is to live out a Christlike life understanding that we will never be like God Himself nor truly understand all that He is.
Kristine
- Kristine, Guam
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Using commerce is one thing that makes humans unique.
Lizzy
- Lizzy, Florida
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To be human is be whatever you want. there are no limits to your personality
Blane Crue
- Blane Crue, Fort Collins, CO
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What it means to be human is going through hard times, learning from your mistakes, and never giving up.
Gianna
- Gianna, NJ
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To shape the world around us.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
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We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
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To be human means to see problems in different perspectives and to think and communicate in complicated ways.
Ariel
- Ariel, Phoenix, AZ
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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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
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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
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The ability to start and control fire In the species natural environment.
Jim R
- Jim R, Denver
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To feel and to love
Adrian
- Adrian, 'merica
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Being unable to answer the question.
Alan J Paterson
- Alan J Paterson, Glasgow (UK)
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We can walk on two legs and we can use our arms.Humans help grow trees so we can have paper to write on.
Brittney
- Brittney, Pekin,Indiana
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To be human is that you should have grit. It also means so you have money, technology, and hands.
iker
- iker, New Jersey
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Being humans means that we are physically and mentally advanced.
Casey
- Casey, Orlando
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Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
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To explore macroscopic and microscopic, improve ourselves to the point war no longer exists.
Lee
- Lee, Florida
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What does it "mean"? In and of itself it has only the meaning given to it by one's self. "Meaning" is the interpretation of a dream.
Steve
- Steve, Virginia
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The ability to realize and fix our mistakes.
Rob Bowkett
- Rob Bowkett, bowkett.ca
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To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
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To be human you must not be a monkey.
idk
- idk, Earth
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to be unique individuals
Candice B
- Candice B, bloomington,mn
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It is our identity as a species and defines our uniqueness as individuals compared to other species.
Callum Richardson.
- Callum Richardson., Burnley, Lancashire.
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Having the ability to think, learn, make, improve , empathize , help, teach, share and most importantly evolve as a being..
Ava
- Ava, Philippines
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To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
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to have swag
Peter C
- Peter C, Chicago
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