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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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We are common as lifeforms, rare in our stage of evolution, & special as individuals. Explorers of physics, biology, history, & ourselves.
Bryce
- Bryce, Devils Lake, North Dakota
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Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
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To wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
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It means to discover evolve and unfortunately destroy our own space "our world " is it really ours?
Diego prado
- Diego prado, Egg harbor twp nj
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I think that what it means to be human is to have emotion. All human have emotion and this is what makes us human.
Gabriel
- Gabriel , Luanda, Angola
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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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A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in Parallel fashion, constantly causing destruction.
Shrek
- Shrek, Australia
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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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To be human is to be comfortable in ones own skin. To seek perfection in someone or in yourself,is, to me, inhumane.
Tanya Kaseke
- Tanya Kaseke, Johannesburg, South Afric
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It means not being perfect, we can use our intelligence for good or bad. To have a sense in life and how to work it means to be human.
Diana Cruz
- Diana Cruz, Fort Collins, Co
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to not be liberal
the legend 27
- the legend 27, CA
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That we are cool
Muhammad
- Muhammad, Iraq
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Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
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To be human means that we strive for survival and gain knowledge to fill in the blanks of our curiosity.
Jenny R
- Jenny R, California
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Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
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BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
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at least in part it means being able to ponder what it means to be human!
Sis
- Sis, Ladoga
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To understand, to fight, we thrive, and most importantly we fail. Weather it is together or alone we fail and learn from our mistake.
Frank
- Frank, Illinois
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to think and question all that you see and hear.
adi ben hur
- adi ben hur, israel
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Being human means sharing more genetic & phenotypic characteristics with the Homo sapiens metapopulation than with any other species.
Paolo
- Paolo, London
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to be shattered and to try to fix the unfix-able. we are all shattered and trying to fix ourselves but we are broken so it doesn't work
Talia
- Talia, Australia
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Being human means having the ability to love.
Hannah
- Hannah, Atlanta, GA
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To eat chicken nuggets lmao
Derek
- Derek, Chicago
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Everyone is different. We all see, speak, hear, look, and even feel different. We learn more as we grow physically and mentally.
Carrie F
- Carrie F, Roosevelt High School
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Hard work, responsibility, compassion, and selflessness are all key parts of reflecting the greatness of God.
Ben
- Ben, Guam
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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
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To be human is to innovate and imagine and to ask this question.
Tricia B
- Tricia B, California, USA
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Having feelings
Michelle
- Michelle, FortCollins
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To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
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To be able to ponder our very own existence.
Adrian, S
- Adrian, S, Texas.
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A human is a mammal that can convey ideas and emotions, survive using makeshift equipment, and adapt easily within its environment.
Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun
- Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun, Canada
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To make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.
Joel
- Joel, Greensboro, North Carolina
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To be made in God's image, after his likeness and character; they are capable of recognition of cosmological origins.
Abi
- Abi, SC
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The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
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being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
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To feel and to love
Adrian
- Adrian, 'merica
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Being human is being one big complex of body, organs, brain but most important mind and soul. Being conscious.
Anthony Pan
- Anthony Pan, Slovakia
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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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