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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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To live not just survive.
Tom Hamilton
- Tom Hamilton, UK
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Despite our bright minds, we have evolved to feel true affection, respect and attachment to one another.
Melody P.
- Melody P., High Tech High LA
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smart mammels that can just relax (or do something funner)
Amber
- Amber, Germantown,md
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To be human is to understand others, to love others and care for others. To be human is to be creative, innovative and determined.
Mikail
- Mikail, South Africa
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To not be any other animal or life form and know it.
Hulon
- Hulon, Rialto
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To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
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Not to do the mistakes for which we suffer earlier or have seen doing which other suffer.
Debasis
- Debasis, India
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To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
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It means being conscious of being so, and yet not knowing exactly what does it mean, unless you decide that meaning. (which for me, is love)
Jesus
- Jesus, Peru
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There is a lectotype for Homo sapiens, see the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature website. It's Carl Linneaus.
Dave
- Dave, London
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Our individuality and our ability to express ourselves, is what separates us humans from any other species on this planet.
Chris
- Chris, Victoria, Australia
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To me, being human means interacting with those around us in order to form meaningful relationships, and striving to be happy.
Kaitlin Bielec
- Kaitlin Bielec, Maryland
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Human has ability to make verbal conversation and interact each other. We have moral to decisions
Justin
- Justin, Seattle
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Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
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The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
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What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
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Being human means we can reason, feel hope and wonder about everything we don't know...yet.
Drewen Young
- Drewen Young, Powell River, BC, Canada
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a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
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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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You can walk on two feet. You are able to be very civilized and cooperate with each other. You can keep developing.
Eleanor White
- Eleanor White, San Francisco, California
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smart ,dominate, to, speak, advandce, different, body ,structers, less, hairy, religious
Justin Marshall
- Justin Marshall, springfield renaissance school
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A creation of some greater being that created the universe.
Bob
- Bob, Here
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Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
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To proceed in daily life not just to survive but to strive to understand the world around me.
Derek Hammonds
- Derek Hammonds, Gahanna, OH
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To condense profound thoughts into a maximum of 140 characters is becoming a key facet of being human.
TwitterAddict
- TwitterAddict, Lost in Thought
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We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
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An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
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To be able to understand how the physical world works and being able to shape our own environment unlike any other organism in this world.
Oscar G.
- Oscar G., California
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To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
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Part of a rubics cube that rotates not only spatially (geographically) in one direction but also temporally.
Neil Gunn
- Neil Gunn, Bonne Terre, Mo.
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To be human is what we as a species has always been capable to do: Observe, Evolve and compare through cultural relativism.
Devon Smith
- Devon Smith, Arkansas
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It means that we have been created in the image of God. We are not animals at all. We are as far from it as we can get.
Catherine
- Catherine, Alabama
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To care, to wonder, to seek.
Olivia Groshong
- Olivia Groshong, Los Angeles Ca
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Being human means to be intelligent,happy,curious and to also to be kind.
Saketh Hegde
- Saketh Hegde, Freeport, Bahamas
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To show human qualities, not just being born a biological human. To have a better judgement of life and be there for others.
Nat
- Nat, New York
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You are able to walk on two feet and use collective learning in order to gain an understanding of different perspectives.
Issy
- Issy, Sydney
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Humans are he transfer vehicle to complete earths long journey ahead, earth was always here and always be
Teddy the Greek
- Teddy the Greek, boston
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