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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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Being human is so much more than just being able to read and write. Our emotion and creativity makes us unique.
itsdatboi
- itsdatboi, NC
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to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
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To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
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being human means being bipedal, showing emotion and love and using culture/technology. This includes medicine.
leah seymour
- leah seymour, colfax
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to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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It means being able to peek into the source code of life.
Giulia O.
- Giulia O., Ferrara, Italy
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To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
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Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
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It means human have the desire to get something in life and wisdom to analyse the life..
Sara Sheikh
- Sara Sheikh, Pakistan
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To attain happiness for our self and others
williamtan
- williamtan, Malaysia
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i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
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Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
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Being human means being able to be frightened and amazed by your world at the same time.
Joe Flynn
- Joe Flynn, Burtonsville, Maryland
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Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
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being human means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
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To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
Khoa
- Khoa, Torrance
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Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
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To breathe and circulate blood and have higher thought patterns than lesser animals
Dan
- Dan, Perth
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to be human is usally based on mistakes and could take a while to get used to plus we are special and have many special personalitys.
dom lozano
- dom lozano, illionis
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To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
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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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Humans evolved so that one day we can learn the truth revealed by the present.
Towlie
- Towlie, Alaska
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To be human means to socialize. By socializing, we help each other to live, which grows bonds. In turn, bonds create trust and growth.
KMJR
- KMJR, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being human means living life to the fullest because you only live once. Be yourself and always think things through.
Hannah
- Hannah, Fort Collins, Colorado
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Being human is being one big complex of body, organs, brain but most important mind and soul. Being conscious.
Anthony Pan
- Anthony Pan, Slovakia
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To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
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To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
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Biologically; to be human is to have a high ratio of brain to body size, a brain that is highly complex, and to be obligating bipedal.
Ashley
- Ashley, Canada
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It means we have self awareness at a greater level than any other being.
m
- m, new jersey
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To be human is to be a conduit for the universe to love, and experience itself. To love what was born from it.
Tyler
- Tyler, Sacramento
To make art, to cook our food, to have abstract thought and care for our dead. To wonder how we came to be and where we're going.
Richie Rosencrance
- Richie Rosencrance, Elkins, WV
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somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
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To know that we are ordinary beings
Hillel
- Hillel, Philippines
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Being Human is about empathy and care for other species as well as ourselves. Humans should consider and treat other species with respect.
Nate Diggins
- Nate Diggins, Raleigh, NC
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To be self-aware about our past, present, and future
Cody A.
- Cody A., Colordo
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To think abstractly about ourselves and the world, to laugh at our own pain, to love and to hurt each other.
To love and to hurt each other
- To love and to hurt each other, Irvine, CA
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Thinking, speaking, emotions.
Sandra
- Sandra, Colorado
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IT means living and learning who you are and what life has to offer with all the surprise in it.
joanne
- joanne, canada
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