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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 you like to screw up nature and destroy the world it means you over cut down trees it means you have an ego the size of the sun
Chace Anthony
- Chace Anthony, Hiroshima Japan
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To be human to be be artistic in everything we do. Humans have art all around them everyday and live life in the influence of art.
Alyssa Jones
- Alyssa Jones, Washington, D.C.
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'Human' is a name however, its profound meaning portrays our ability to adapt socially, environmentally, and more importantly cognitively.
Jerel Pleasant
- Jerel Pleasant, USA
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Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
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To be human is being a whole and complete environment for bacteria to grow fine and have fun all together in company of trillions of them.
Jean Lima
- Jean Lima, Goiânia, GO, BR
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being human means that you are alive and have a amazing past and furtur
Alana
- Alana, Canada
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Relationships that go beyond the need to survive.
Wayne Groner
- Wayne Groner, Battlefield, Missouri
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Being human is being in the image of God.
Charlotte
- Charlotte, SC
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it means being selfish
oscar
- oscar, Spain
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To be human it means to have a conscience and also to have feelings. Being human means to make mistakes and to learn from them ..
Norma Manzano
- Norma Manzano, Dallas
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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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To be human is 2 have a body specialized to our needs. 1 need is communication. The hominins yelled. We communicate differently now.
MCZF
- MCZF, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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The part of a system regular to all bio in the globe
Parbat
- Parbat, Nepal
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To have a longing for home.
Mark
- Mark, Lehi, UT
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Humans are a social community that use language and sounds to communicate and are continually changing the world.
JV
- JV, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being a tiny speck in a vast universe with the capacity to reflect upon its own existence and understand and cherish its place in it.
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Pittsburgh, PA
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Having the cognitive abilities to effectively problem solve, design, and create, to keep pushing the envelope further and further.
Ivan
- Ivan, Tivoli, New York
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To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
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Being a human means understanding how complex and interconnected the world is in the way people talk, interact, and learn.
Ella
- Ella , Denver, CO
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To be human means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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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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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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Humans are curious. We have a distinct ability to ask "why"? We explore the Universe tirelessly in search of purpose and meaning
Alex
- Alex, Ohio
to love others
Min He
- Min He, SC
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To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
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To presume to have free will.
William K. Boone
- William K. Boone, Mexico City
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Being human means experiencing a seemingly singular consciousness, so that we can remind ourselves that everything is connected.
Michelle Wallace
- Michelle Wallace, Texas
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What does it mean to be human ? It means survival and domination.
Jeh
- Jeh, Lay
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To be human is to have thoughts and feelings, to shape words as memories to last thousands of years, and to share life and love with others.
Baylie
- Baylie, Denver, CO
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To be human is to know the world at a larger scale; to understand the cause and effect of our actions and to know that we will die.
Conor Bulkeley-Krane
- Conor Bulkeley-Krane, Portland
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A human must walk upright, use tools, possess larger/more complex brains than other species, and use some form of communication.
Reid Jarvis
- Reid Jarvis, Springfield MO.
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what it means to be human is to be loved
nolan
- nolan, new zealand
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To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
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To be fulfilled by God with a soul
AM
- AM, Massachusetts
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To be human is to think, to remember, to empathise and consider. It is to care for the future and to dwell on the past.
Hannah
- Hannah, UK
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To endure, to understand that to suffer is a necessary sacrifice in order to feel the validation of our existence.
Kristian
- Kristian, New Jersey
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To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
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To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
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