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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 learn and achieve things that no other species have even came close to.
Maxpayne
- Maxpayne, England
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To have a spirit soul and body
Bobby
- Bobby, Seattle
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To be fulfilled by God with a soul
AM
- AM, Massachusetts
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to love life and other humans
snow
- snow, jhb
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Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
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Being human means sharing more genetic & phenotypic characteristics with the Homo sapiens metapopulation than with any other species.
Paolo
- Paolo, London
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Considered The Hologram of Love
I am. I am aware. I choose. [Repeat.] :-)
TJ
- TJ , Washington
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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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To be human means to be creative and to use your imagination.
Hailey
- Hailey, Brookeville, Maryland
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A man thinks calmly with eye's filled with compastion, beside him the same man is yelling eye's filled with hate
Humans are, Part god, part beast to be human is to wrestle with our selfs. And ultimately, to choose which one will guide our actions.
Zavian
- Zavian, Canada
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To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
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the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
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Being human is just one more peculiar trait of animal evolution
Cristian
- Cristian, Spain, Madrid
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It's a big surprise.
wungyh
- wungyh, MSU
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it means that your here to find your faith or challenge
angela
- angela, Rhode Island
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To think and feel and then act. Often able to rise above those animal instincts we all possess.
Lacie
- Lacie, Idaho
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to be human means to be a mamal and have the ability to think, understand speech, speak and memorize information.
nadia
- nadia, maryland
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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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To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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Humans have long communicated through language, and invented tools that have enabled our species to survive and thrive.
Janet Arredondo
- Janet Arredondo, Jeffersonville INy
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To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
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to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
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being human means that you can think for yourself, you make mistakes, you can decide rationally, and you have instincts.
Jasmine Watson
- Jasmine Watson, United States of America
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To be able to think critically about ourselves
Maurizio
- Maurizio, Bologna
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Humans evolve and change to adapt to surrounding their environment. Humans use tools to help survive in their environment.
Wolfgang
- Wolfgang, America
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Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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It means you think being human is special.
Viveka
- Viveka, San Jose
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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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It means that we have been made higher than the animals, given breath and special abilities to thrive.
Leah
- Leah, NC
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To be Human means to develop more as a human, communicate with each other, and having human rights.
Yte
- Yte, India, Chennai
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It means living with all the mistakes made by our ancestors and try to make sure they don't happen again.
Nathalie
- Nathalie, Brossard,Qc
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To be human is to be able to think for yourself and have your own will to do something
Mememaster
- Mememaster, Ohio
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To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
Ayden Lauritzen
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
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To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
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to be created in the image of The Creator God, Jehovah. He has breathed us all into life and caused us to be alive to honor and glorify Him.
Nate
- Nate, USA
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to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
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It means you have a brain with a well developed frontal cortex
Gandha key
- Gandha key, London, UK
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Conscience, connection, continuation.
Kate
- Kate, Seattle, WA
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It's human to be made in the image of God, but is now marred because of the fall. It's human to have a soul and a relationship with God.
Christine
- Christine, South Carolina
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To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
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