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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 be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
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A species that can ponder their existence.
Valerie First
- Valerie First, Winter Springs, Florida
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we have to survive
sean
- sean, bc
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to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
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Being human means not being perfect. It is a type animal that can use its high intelligence to think and do either good or bad to others.
Keera Lallubhai
- Keera Lallubhai , Sacred Heart College Johannesburg
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Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
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Being human means to simply feel, imagine, and grow.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, USA
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A capacity to wonder.
A Nobody
- A Nobody, England
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Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
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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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A man has spirit, body, and soul who is made by the image of God.
Ying
- Ying, Hong Kong
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Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
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being humans mean to have control of emotions,having to be able to make strong structers,and last to have conplex minds.
April
- April, springfield
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Mark Twain wrote that humans are the only animals that blush.
Kevin Horn
- Kevin Horn, Easton, PA
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To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
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Gather physical information through the senses and utilize it to adpt to the environment and to alter the environment.
Roger Duronio
- Roger Duronio, New Jersey
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Eat cake in a forest surrounded by unicorns.
Dank
- Dank , Pencilland
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To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
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Being human is to know God, this is why humans have a soul.
Marie A Belanger
- Marie A Belanger , Indiana USA
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Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
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To be human is to wonder about oneself.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, SC, USA
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Being a human means that I have a Father who loved me enough to save me His Son's death on the cross.
Lauren
- Lauren, United States
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it means to eat, drink and work towards survival of your gene pool.
lynn
- lynn, winchester, va
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To be human you dont have to be smart but you must walk upright and have cloathing
Julie
- Julie, CA
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be conscious of himself and that others of his race are equally self-aware, the course of time, and able to understand cause-consequence.
Jorge Padilha
- Jorge Padilha, São José dos Campos - Brasil
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You can either move or talk to one another in their own different way
Owen Faustino
- Owen Faustino, Fort Collins
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To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
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To be able to forget yesterday's errors only to repeat them over and over again
Corpse
- Corpse, Earth
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Containing emotional and logical capabilities. We are also made in the image of God - a title granted to us when God created Adam and Eve.
Hudson
- Hudson, United States
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Being able to discover and learn about the wonders and beauty of this natural world. Enjoying this life for what it is.
Jake Murtaugh
- Jake Murtaugh, Arizona
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BEING A HOOMAN MEENS TO BE ABEL TO WALK ON TOO LEGS AND PICK THINGS UP WITH ORE HANDS. MERICA! THATS WHY.
Barry
- Barry, Johnson
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being humans mean to have control of emotions,having to be able to make strong structers,and last to have conplex minds.
April
- April, springfield
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Being human means having sympathy and having a kind heart towards others.
Angel
- Angel, Dallas, TX
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To be human is to try new things, do what you want to, and be whatever kind of person you want to be, through thoughts/choices that we make.
Troy
- Troy, USA
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i think only this "sharing of emotion" is the meaning of being a human.
sasan
- sasan, iran
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To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
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To be human means to have been created in God's image and being made with purpose of glorifying Christ and enjoying a relationship with Him.
Mary Kathryn
- Mary Kathryn, South Carolina
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Modern human - the only species on Earth in conflict with Earth's natural world. Capable of abstract thinking and partially self-aware.
Veronika
- Veronika, Austria
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To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
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To have a sense of being alive and to breathe. To be human means to have emotions like kindness, compassion, anger, and sadness.
Alex S
- Alex S, Florida
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