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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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To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
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To be human is to eventually screw the world over unless your around the 5% that doesn't end up screwing the earth
Rick from dimension C32
- Rick from dimension C32, dimesion C32
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To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
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You are able to walk on two feet and use collective learning in order to gain an understanding of different perspectives.
Issy
- Issy, Sydney
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May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
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Being human means knowing you are alive and having a conscience.
Chris
- Chris , emmaus HS
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to be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
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The answer to life is we are all in hell, literally. Life is but a simulation reflecting the atrocities we have committed in the past.
Geniuses
- Geniuses, Hell
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In my view, being human is being good to others.
Lana
- Lana, BC
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Being a human means living like a regular animal but with very different features.
Christopher
- Christopher, Illinois
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To have a spirit soul and body
Bobby
- Bobby, Seattle
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It was a place in time.
optimistic. Cat. fractals.
Kail
- Kail , Internet
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To be human means to reflect, to create, to be curious, and to make order out of chaos.
Neil
- Neil, Visalia, California
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we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
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to be able to change not only our future but of others for better or worse.
Gerardo
- Gerardo, N.C
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It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
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To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
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To proceed in daily life not just to survive but to strive to understand the world around me.
Derek Hammonds
- Derek Hammonds, Gahanna, OH
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being human is making mistakes and not being perfect.
nathan
- nathan, Fort Collins,Co
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We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
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Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
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To be created in the image of God, in dominion over the earth, with an internal God-given conscience
JD
- JD, Greenville, SC
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The meaning to be human is to have a conscious and have a soul.
Ben
- Ben, lake highlands
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We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
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i think it means to enjoy life and be the higher species.
caleb funk
- caleb funk, sweethome oregon 97386
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The ability to feel empathy and help the less fortunate to live a life of dignity and respect.
Chak
- Chak, Prakash
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To be human is to be but a small speck in very large and complex universe.
Corey
- Corey, Concord, CA
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The meaning of life is 42
Morgan
- Morgan, Bay Area California
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Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
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It means to be self-conscious not only of oneself as a self, but one who lives a examinded life and who understands that he'll die one day.
Sandro Reis
- Sandro Reis, Danville, CA, USA
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We are moral agents capable of creating and recognizing moral reasons to act, enabling us to navigate the moral reality of our universe.
Ian Sharp
- Ian Sharp, Canada
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It means that you are an animal with senses for survival.
Rachelle Robinson
- Rachelle Robinson, Md
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Art is at the seat of being Human. The need to makes something beautiful or horrible and to share with other humans.
Robbie Rhur
- Robbie Rhur, Richmond
being human is being yourself and what you like what we need and how we grow as a species or person.
Cidney
- Cidney, New Jersey
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i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
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consciousness and the ability to question "creativity" and the unusual desire to control nature, instead of live with it.
anthony Krajci
- anthony Krajci, horsham Pa
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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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Our purpose is to share our knowledge of a living Creator. I can create therefore there must be a Creator.
Myrigga
- Myrigga , 77523
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Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
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To know that there is a future, actively seek change, have awareness of death and therefore invent gods and demons.
Adalberto Benavides
- Adalberto Benavides, Saltillo, Mexico
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