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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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It means being part of the most prolific, ever advancing and limitless species known to live on planet earth.
almjr
- almjr, Florida, US
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To be a human means to be able to communicate, advance technology and love each others differences.
Sage
- Sage , NC
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being able to have compassion for species other than our own
bernardette
- bernardette, washington dc
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it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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Being able to know Nathan Melby
dequan
- dequan, Murica
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To make choices
James
- James, Alaska
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It means to be different.
Billy
- Billy, Illinois
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Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
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To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
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To be human is know ourselves and what surrounds us
Antonio
- Antonio, Rimini, Italy
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Animal,emotion. Human,logic.Projection. Anthropomorphism.Cars,computers,robots. Arrogance.Prideinuselessness.Romanticize. Ignorance,death.
Icarus
- Icarus, The Labyrinth
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being human means understanding that we do not control the world The earth controls us.-Michael,Omaha,NE
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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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To be human it means to be able to communicate and connect with others, and also understand abstract ideas.
Mags
- Mags, New Jersey
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Better fill... it means Jesus.
Philip Renoud
- Philip Renoud, Fort Bragg, CA
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I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
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to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
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A "human" is a being that has the ability to make evidence based decisions, hold morals and act upon them, and contributing to culture.
Garren
- Garren, Camarillo, CA
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Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
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We are the universe itself, pondering: "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is my place in the grander scheme of things?"
Prof
- Prof, USC, Colombia
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To be human is to live life the way one sees fit, regardless of a lack of inherent structure or purpose.
jane doe
- jane doe, USA
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As humans we have a thought process. We feel emotion and we communicate with others. Also we are bipeds, meaning we walk upright.
Katie N
- Katie N, Holliston
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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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human is having a mind and soul
vin
- vin, SC
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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 that we have the right to learn about, to care and watch over, the organisms around us.
Jonathan
- Jonathan, Corona
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To be human means to be made in the image of God.
Rachel
- Rachel, South Carolina
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to be human means to live, create, dream, and progrees.
walter kroll
- walter kroll, springfield ma
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It means to try to understand our own history tied to the history of all other species and the universe where we live.
Ana Maria Charlier Madeira
- Ana Maria Charlier Madeira, São Paulo, Brazil
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Being human is enjoying your time on earth, if you’re having a hard time, it’ll make it easier in the future knowing you got through it.
Zev
- Zev, California
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Being human means having the ability to contemplate what it means to be human.
Ron
- Ron, Pennsylvania
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To be human is to have the opportunity for memetic not just genetic evolution. Your education forms your humanity.
Douglas McGill
- Douglas McGill, Whitby Ontario Canada
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To be human is to make mistakes and realize that we live our lives based on freewill and not a machine/fate.
Phantumm
- Phantumm, CA
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To be a human means to be a homonid with humans rights..
Popop
- Popop, Chennai, India
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it means to be an evolution of animals and as we evolved we improved and improved and are smart
Liam
- Liam, Einfield
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To be human means to live life unapologetically and to be open to experiencing all emotions in order to understand and connect with others.
Lucy Wieland
- Lucy Wieland, Louisville, KY
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What it means to be human is the capability to faith, hope and love.
Priscilla
- Priscilla, Turlock, CA
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To be human is to be curious. To wonder, to explore, to invent, to create art, to love, & to learn about ourselves & the universe we live in
Bret Raoulsen
- Bret Raoulsen, Winnebago, Il
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humans are able to: walk on to legs, have a soul, make challenging/complex/hard decisions, emotions,learn,grow,adapt,empathy, creativity.
Sam
- Sam, Vermont
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To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
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