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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 that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
Torrance
- Torrance , CA
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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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We wonder where we came from. We wonder if there is anyone else like us anywhere.
Linda Kuczwanski
- Linda Kuczwanski, Oklahoma City, OK
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To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
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To learn more about the world than what is needed to survive. To explore for the sake of exploration.
Joe Keiper
- Joe Keiper, Martinsville, VA
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Well to me being human is a lot of things. One is to have no limit, it can also mean to chose the right path.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND
- I DO NOT UNDERSTAND, canada
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To be human is to know humans and change humans, for better of for worse; It is something we all do.
Dakota Corr.
- Dakota Corr., Maryland
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The ability to Know the age of the universe & our species; pondering whether there is any meaning to all this and asking “Are we Alone”?
Carson
- Carson , Portland, Oregon
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To be intelligent and curious enough to look for answers...and arrogant enough to think we know what the questions are.
Rodney Whitley
- Rodney Whitley, Opelika, Al.
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our desire for meaning and eternity makes us what we are- human that is.
emmalyn
- emmalyn, Manila, Philippines
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To love. God first, others second, self last. John 3:16.
David
- David , Maryland
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ethics, morality & the ability to reason
Lynn Aylward
- Lynn Aylward, Gainesville, FL
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Being human is to laugh and to cry, to regret and to expect - sometimes all in a moment.
Anne McComas
- Anne McComas, Bel Air, MD
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Hu!an creates new tools
Aishwarya
- Aishwarya, Malaysia
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To be evolving every second and to live life to its fullest
Esther Liu
- Esther Liu, San Francisco, CA
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Being human means having an awareness that he is different from other beings and capable of thinking beyond his experience.
Angga Hendrawan
- Angga Hendrawan, Indonesia
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Humans have the capability to completely disconnect from the environment in which we evolved.
Nate
- Nate, Portland, OR
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It means we have evolved into an animal that knows the earth is NOT the center of the universe, and the arrogance to believe that WE are.
John La
- John La, USA
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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To be human is to claim land that is from Earth as your own. We all share the Earth, no one owns it.
Eris
- Eris, Earth
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To possess a conscience; a part of us that allows us to discern right from wrong (i.e. feel guilt) and it shapes how we act.
TrinityTitans
- TrinityTitans, Oakville
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To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
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It means to understand the purpose of life
m.shahbaz
- m.shahbaz, lahore pakistan
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Being human is a unique position within the earth. Humans possess morals and a reflective abilities which animals do not.
Ricky
- Ricky , Virginia
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We are a species who can be compassionate but yet to the other extreme still ignorant to the rest of the species on the planet.
Ron
- Ron, Minneapolis, MN
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It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
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We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
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To be human is to be either the apex of the cosmos or the apex of God's creation.
Ryan
- Ryan, Pennsylvania
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To be human is to have emotions and the intelligence to understand/accept them as well as other things animals can't.
Emily
- Emily, USA
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a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
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To evolve and adapt to your surroundings, and making a better and easier life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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Being human means having the rational and/or emotional thought processes to make behavioral decisions.
Zac
- Zac, Roseville, California
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Being human involves an inherent sense of self that no other animal could hope to replicate.
Luke
- Luke, Pennsylvania
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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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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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To see in other people, thoughts and feeling just like our own.
Cole
- Cole, Abilene, TX
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It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
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To hold hopes and dreams for the future and have an understanding of our mortality.
CK
- CK, U.S.
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Apart of the evolutionary process of life. To be complex with beliefs and ideas. We Explore our abilities and move forward blindly.
Truss Jacob
- Truss Jacob, New Orleans
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