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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 try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
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Value Creation
Fan
- Fan, New York
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Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
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It mean's that being human we learn things from each other just like you have taught me about the origins of humanity
markus
- markus, canada
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Being human means being able to sustain cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias in the face of overwhelming evidence.
Stephen
- Stephen, Kansas
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Being human means having feelings like: happiness, anger, stress, anxiety, depression, sadness ,nervousness , and being scared
Kristin Daniels
- Kristin Daniels, WSANEC Leadership Secondary School
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to be able to change not only our future but of others for better or worse.
Gerardo
- Gerardo, N.C
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To be human means to be intelligant and to be the dominate species. Also to be able to be in our state of mind.
Courtney
- Courtney, The Springfield Renaissance School
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It mean to be thankful for all the things you get from your parents. You can be able to grab things and hold things.
freddy
- freddy, woodburn
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Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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Idk im no sowkrates
Swaggart McReggae
- Swaggart McReggae, Johnson
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Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
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We are just a kind of animal having ability to think, to reason and communicate effectively.
Volkan Gülbeyaz
- Volkan Gülbeyaz, İzmir, TURKEY
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Plan for the future; consider abstract thoughts; empathize. Have & share spiritual beliefs. Organize goals and reflect.
slugs
- slugs, Palmdale, CA
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To be human is to relentlessly pursue the question of why we are here.
Himani
- Himani, India
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Experiencing life in a way that allows us to create culture and adapt our environment to .our needs.
Daniel F. Giallombardo
- Daniel F. Giallombardo, Harvard, IL
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to be human is to be irrelevant yeet
bristol
- bristol, england
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the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
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Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
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To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
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To evolve.
Cynthia
- Cynthia, Mesa, AZ
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Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
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To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
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I think being human is the ability to feel emotions towards others, love is the strongest among these emotions.
Lisakhanya
- Lisakhanya, South Africa
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To look at the cosmos and wonder what is out there/
De'Adrian
- De'Adrian, Virginia
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to treat evryone and evry thing the way you want t be treated
xxx
- xxx, Grass valley, Ca USA
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To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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To think, to feel to have empathy, to want more for your children than for yourself
Gavin Brannan
- Gavin Brannan, Mississippi
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To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
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to play fortnight
Harombaee
- Harombaee, Silver spring MD
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A creation of God whose main purpose is to being him glory.
John Knox
- John Knox, Greenville, SC
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This is a handprint of the nomads from B.C.E. times
To be human you must believe in may things.
JR
- JR, Virginia
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To be human is to possess thought beyond basic needs. To have instinct and and reason, and harmoniously institute them into one entity
Rassim
- Rassim, California
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We are able to use our brain to do things that will help us stay alive longer.
Betsi
- Betsi, Woodburn
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to be able to have coomon sense, some sort of religion, abstract thinking abilities, and an ability of speech
john phillips
- john phillips, st.louis
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Being human is to have a soul; to experience emotions, empathy, morality, and to have a desire to be part of a community.
Kailey
- Kailey, Marshfield, WI
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To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
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To be a human to me means to be peaceful, to be conscious, and to be wise.
Mateusz
- Mateusz, Toronto, Canada
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to be human you need to be able to respond and communicate between other people within the race of you.
charlie knight
- charlie knight, sydney
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