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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.

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I think wat is means to be human is to have a sense of reason and to be able to be kind and care for others
Edith Chukwu
- Edith Chukwu , Sacred heart collage
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live, breathe, know people, and survive.
Seamus
- Seamus , Murphy
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Humans' bodies can change size & shape depending on the environment. Using their bodies, humans can innovate tools, changing the world.
MBAK
- MBAK, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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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 be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
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To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
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It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
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To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
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The only life force known to stay busy trying to figure itself out.
Robert Ratliff
- Robert Ratliff, Boone, NC
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To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
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To be put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
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Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
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It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
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To be human is to have a chin.
Jacob Freedom Germain
- Jacob Freedom Germain, Livermore, CA, USA
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Humans are curious. We have a distinct ability to ask "why"? We explore the Universe tirelessly in search of purpose and meaning
Alex
- Alex, Ohio
To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
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To be human is to live in unison with your environment, not be controlled by it but not have too much control either.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, OR
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it means to be alive, to walk, to love, to share, TO CARE
payson
- payson, alaska
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what it means to be human is to experience, understand and explore
human
- human, Earth
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To observe, to replenish, to preserve, and to witness evolution
WIlson Santos
- WIlson Santos, St. Augustine,FL - USA
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It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
Josh
- Josh, Astoria,OR
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Being human is making mistakes and learning from them.
Ayden gardnerhattingh
- Ayden gardnerhattingh, Sacred Heart College
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We are humans because that is who we choose to see ourselves as. If we evolve into another species, will we still call ourselves Human?
Jesse
- Jesse, Florida
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To be smart enough to know what's going on around you, and intelligent enough to know how to make it better.
Tori
- Tori , Illinois
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To contemplate consequences and challenge one another to act beyond the dictates of instinct.
Mimosa
- Mimosa, Skokie, Illinois
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Being human means we long for things in a way that's different than daily needs, like adventure and love.
Elise
- Elise, South Carolina
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How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
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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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LISTENS TO LIMP BIZKIT ONCE
Freed Durrt
- Freed Durrt, Skeatrle
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To be human is to pondering this very question...
Tamara R. Grayson
- Tamara R. Grayson, Derby, UK
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To find the answer where do we come from and where do we go after life
Edgar
- Edgar, Roosevelt High
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Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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A stunning fossil of a meme
to appreciate the spiciest memes
Rilie
- Rilie, Boston
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Being human is the ability to engage in philosophical and existential conversations and provide insightful answers.
Tabitha
- Tabitha , United States
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It means to have emotions that we can openly express, and to have the ability to create tools that surpass those of the animals around us
Rhiannon
- Rhiannon, Pennsylvania, USA
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To serve God and to better the world around us.
Luke
- Luke, Charlotte, NC
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To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
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We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
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To Think (sapiens), Perchance to dream. To Question. To Strive. To Learn. To Love . To Believe.
Nancy
- Nancy, Kingston Ontario Canada
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Screaming into the void
Mossy
- Mossy, Northern Virginia
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