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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 human means to accept one's own action both good and bad and live to learn from them.
Alex Fregoso
- Alex Fregoso, Canada
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I think being human means being an individual and not having someone like you. Unique, is another word I would use to describe being human.
Dalila Solorio
- Dalila Solorio, Lake Elsinore , California
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To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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it means to be friends
Jesse
- Jesse, sanich
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I think it means you grow and reproduce and then later on die
The Real Easter Bunny
- The Real Easter Bunny, Vermont
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Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
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to be "human" is to have feelings for others and care for who you love
Kendall
- Kendall, Des Moines,Iowa
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constituting the only known form of organised matter in which the universe has become conscious of itself, in other words self-reflexive
Wim van Binsbergen
- Wim van Binsbergen, Haarlem the Netherlands
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It means you have a brain with a well developed frontal cortex
Gandha key
- Gandha key, London, UK
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To be human is to wonder, think, understand, and create.
Mico
- Mico, Gaithersburg, MD
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The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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To be human is to be highly intelligent, record history and practice science. We are basically super smart monkeys.
Aaron
- Aaron, United States
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
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Being human means to use money, being able to use hands or tools, and also being able to communicate and tell stories with others.
Ryan
- Ryan, NJ
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to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
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The power to reason and make a choice
Timothy mantlow
- Timothy mantlow, Springfield Tn
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to create better technology for the future and understand more on how we became.
Jaynel
- Jaynel , New Westminster
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The ability to ask this question and share my understaning with all of you.
jake
- jake, usa
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Being human means we are made in the image of a loving and all-knowing God.
Emily
- Emily, Greenville, SC
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Human means being an ape that can throw stright. Bipedal platform for throwing jump started humankind.
Elliott Greer
- Elliott Greer, South Carolina
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To be human is to have the ability to think & convey feelings & emotions. It's to be able to have thought & feel happiness, pain, anger etc.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, North Korea
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To be a human is to become one, before you knew so...
Henny H
- Henny H, Indonesia
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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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It is to question what it is, to stare into the endless void to only have the void stare back, to comprehend and change our environments.
Terry
- Terry, Portsmouth, VA, USA
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To be a human means living life, having fun, and to be able to love.
Desmond W.
- Desmond W., Virginia
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To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
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It means you are able to read and comprehend that your species, homo sapiens, resides at the top of the evolutionary ladder.
Roger
- Roger, Phoenix
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To be self aware enough to ask this question of ourselves.
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Florida
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To be able to love, hate, forgive, imagine, invent, accomplish.
Anna
- Anna, Brazil
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Two things come to mind: 1) Adaptability via technology and tools and 2) the ability to communicate and work together.
Steve
- Steve, Philadelphia
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To be human means to have emotions, to show and contain them. Also, that humans have the ability to remember the smallest things.
Mrs. McPhee Class D
- Mrs. McPhee Class D, Litchfield, NH
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It means that we are set apart from all other living creatures, and that we are made to reflect the image of the one who created us
Ashley
- Ashley, Minnesota
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To be human is the ability to adapt to situations and apply your skills, it is also the ability to feel emotions
christina
- christina, canada
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Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
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Walking upright, making & using tools, the use of fire, language & symbolic thinking, art & use of jewellery, barter & trade
Andy Bryson
- Andy Bryson, South Africa
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To be human means that we question and think about what we can and cannot see.
Kenneth
- Kenneth, Massachusetts
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I believe being human involves God intricately designing each and every person in the same image as him.
Jared
- Jared, Greenville, SC
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It's means that we all part of the same species and we all have similar Inteligents.
Sebastine
- Sebastine, Scared heart collage
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To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
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