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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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This exhibit showed me how the how human brains got bigger, and evolved to store more information and adapt to changes in our environment.
Olivia Baron
- Olivia Baron, Springfield, Missouri
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To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
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Humans have the capability to completely disconnect from the environment in which we evolved.
Nate
- Nate, Portland, OR
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To be conscious and aware of your surroundings. To have feelings.
Erin
- Erin, New York City
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It is not enough to learn how to survive, we have to learn how to live. It is not enough to discover, we have to find our purpose.
David Tabari
- David Tabari, Oklahoma City, OK
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To wonder about things such as what does it mean to be human.
Mike
- Mike, Oregon
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To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
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To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
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That we are all connected
Titus
- Titus, Boone, NC
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To be human is to have brains capable of more than fight or flight.
Maya Kapelus
- Maya Kapelus , Johannesburg, South Africa
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To be human means to only be able to do so much. I also agree with andrew shely from new york.
Deziree rosignon
- Deziree rosignon , houston,texas
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write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
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How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
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It means to have a relatively advanced brain, and the abilities to interact socially and to evolve based on the surrounding environment.
Iman
- Iman, Portland, OR
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To be human means to be fated to be recognized as the same species with people who govern your life without your permission
Chris
- Chris, European Union
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To be human is to be aware. To be more than what our instincts calls us to do. To be able to feel a wide range of emotions and have dreams.
Carl Victor Salazar
- Carl Victor Salazar, Bergenfield, NJ
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Being human means to be able to evolve at a faster rate than any other living organism on the planet, and having an imagination to do so.
Shannon Perucatti
- Shannon Perucatti, South Africa
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Cause are we human, or are we dancers. The sign is vital. My hands are cold. And im on my knees looking for the answers.
Tom
- Tom, Sheffield
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To be human is to fear death.
Glynis
- Glynis, Texas
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to have language, culture, to be mammal, to be social, and to kill for other reason than for food
Miguel Rivera
- Miguel Rivera, rivera.miguelantonio787@gmail.com
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To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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being human means to be able to think of complicated ideas and to be able to walk up right for long periods of time.
Danielle
- Danielle, Windermere, FL
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Human is born to an organic body, riddled with limitations, and awakens to realize each life will need to learn how to outgrow this bondage
Nadia Deol
- Nadia Deol, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
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I'm not sure
Mrs. Chomik
- Mrs. Chomik, Stone age
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Live until you die.
M
- M, Malaysia
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It means that we have been made higher than the animals, given breath and special abilities to thrive.
Leah
- Leah, NC
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To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
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To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
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to question
Anonymous
- Anonymous, U.A.E
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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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To be able to love, hate, forgive, imagine, invent, accomplish.
Anna
- Anna, Brazil
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To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
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A non-mutually exclusive experience of life.
David
- David, New York
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To not only be able to ask, but to actively seek an answer to this question.
Josh
- Josh, UK
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If you are living then you exist. If you are not living then you do not exist. If you do not exist you are nothing.
Kay
- Kay, Texas, USA
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To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
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Be the best of nature. Maybe. :-)
Darius
- Darius, Slovakia
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To have a soul specially created by God. To be made in God's image.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
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it means to be free . to be able to explore to learn important info.
zeleny
- zeleny, merced
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We roam the earth and explore the endless universe in hopes of finding the meaning of why we exist and what it actually means to be human.
Steven
- Steven, Austin, TX
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