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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 to explore and be free and go to school for children and learn things.
Ariadna
- Ariadna, SanDiego
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To be a human means to be able to understand. Understand your surroundings and what makes up who you are as a human.
Alisha
- Alisha , Coronado, Ca
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To be part of an intelligent species who self modifies evolution rules. Species makes robots to channel evolution to creative individuals.
Sheethal
- Sheethal, SD, CA
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compassion, curiosity, optimism, and the tendency to have anxiety, be diplomatic, have wonder, and want to leave a legacy
Alex
- Alex, Chico
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TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
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It means to play M1N3Cr4fT P0K3M0N g0 FoRtNiTe 1N R0bL0x
shrek
- shrek, shrek's house
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To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
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To be human is to be valuable. All humans have value, even if no one else can see that value.
Drew
- Drew, Normal, IL
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To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
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being human is being able to realize what went wrong in our history and changing in for the better so we progress
Cade
- Cade, Denver,Colorado
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Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
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To be human means to think, live, breathe. To develop relationships and bear the image of their Creator.
Mandy
- Mandy, Greenville, SC
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Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
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to reach life's mission of death
Mia Fordson
- Mia Fordson, Malvern, Arkansas
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Our evolution and adaption, our complex way of living. It makes us what we are and we’re all the same, yet we're all so different.
Denisse Nava
- Denisse Nava, High Tech LA
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Soon we'll become something else, as those before us.We share with the universe, expanding beyond our comprehension so dance & make music
Bo Svoronos
- Bo Svoronos, Melbourne, Australia
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To care for one an other
Hermioni
- Hermioni , Hogwarts
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Being human means so much. We have dominion over the world. God has sacrificed his one and only son so that we might live. Serve God w/ love
T+A
- T+A, Seattle Washington
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To be human is to have awareness of what we are capable of. We are able to teach others, creating a world full of constant learning.
Rebecca Hutchison
- Rebecca Hutchison , Torrance
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The answer has changed over time. Ages ago it meant to bury our dead, or to use art. Now it means to be able to answer this question.
Jonathan Abbatt
- Jonathan Abbatt, Ceiriog Valley, Wales
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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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Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
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To cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
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Humans are: 1. Created beings 2. With a tragic ability to destroy 3. But an inescapable urge to build after destruction
Jason
- Jason, South Korea
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It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
Josh
- Josh, Astoria,OR
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To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
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To be human is to feel emotion. These are the basic instincts of a human. If you do not have human instincts, then you are not a human.
Jhyan
- Jhyan, Johannesburg
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To be human means being capable of error and having the feeling of being superior than everyone else.
Gabriel Gonzalez
- Gabriel Gonzalez, El paso
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smart ,dominate, to, speak, advandce, different, body ,structers, less, hairy, religious
Justin Marshall
- Justin Marshall, springfield renaissance school
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Humans are the only animal that kill each other in mass quantity for torture and sport. Perhaps that was what the Pit of Bones was.
nina moore
- nina moore, Northern California, US
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To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
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To question our life as we know it.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Undisclosed
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To be human is to wonder, to question, to be able to adapt, to have the potential to do great good or great evil, and act on it.
JT
- JT, California
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To be able to consciously think and act. For example, It is more than just consuming food to survive, it's the ability to enjoy food as art.
Daniel
- Daniel, South Carolina
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To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
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A sentient being that has transcendental quality to connect and to 'see' beyond and be homey with it.
chintya huanguos
- chintya huanguos, Jakarta, Indonesia
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me human me smart you apes you dumb
Human
- Human, Human World
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On a basic level, one is human if one has human DNA. However, we tend to associate many traits perceived to be good with our own species.
Elizabeth H.
- Elizabeth H., Museum of Natural History
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