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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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Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
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To be human means to utilize the soul God has given us to love and serve Him and also pointing others to His glory.
Tasi
- Tasi, Guam
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We knowingly over-use and destroy our resources, and do nothing.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
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I Believe that Being able to adapt to all different environment is essential to Being human
David
- David, Portland, Or
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I think a human has a soul. That's what it means to be human.
21
- 21, Greenville, Sc
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Curiosity and the ability of being able to discover and making sense out of our world.
Shane Huynh
- Shane Huynh, Santa Barbara
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To be human means we're all connected.
DeAnna
- DeAnna, North Carolina
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it looks like the humans ate raw meat
billy
- billy, China
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Being human means that we are animals who tell stories.
Erica
- Erica, Pullman, WA
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Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
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To be human means to have deeper complex thought processes, like desire and love.
Madison
- Madison, NH
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critical thought is the difference
It takes critical thought to make a species humane, because acting on instinct is irational.
Abel
- Abel, California
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Being human means that you can change objects to help you do work, you can sharpen a stick to help you hunt for animals.
Windows.exe
- Windows.exe, Has stopped working
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God's Creation
Gayle
- Gayle, Virginia
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To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
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Our individuality and our ability to express ourselves, is what separates us humans from any other species on this planet.
Chris
- Chris, Victoria, Australia
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A test of what smarter primates could do.
Asad
- Asad, The United States of America
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We, as humans, bear the image of our Creator in our capacity for reason and emotion as well as in our moral awareness to those around us.
Jonathan
- Jonathan, Ohio
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To be human is to be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
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Bipedal, have a complex brain, certain bone structures, to be able to change the biosphere, and be the dominant species of the world.
Madeleine
- Madeleine, Denver, Co
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It means that you are created in the image of God.
Daniel
- Daniel, South Carolina
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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a bipedal that is called a human
big time loser
- big time loser, idk
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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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I agree with Robert P. Hagstrom of Flagstaff AZ.
Simpatico Welps
- Simpatico Welps , Koobi Fora
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The attempt to understand what others cannot.
Adriana Calderon
- Adriana Calderon, Paterson, NJ
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Being human means unique, different animals. We have many ups and downs, positive and negative things and thoughts.
Alex
- Alex , New Jersey
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Knowing God. You can be human without knowing God, but you can't experience the true joy of being human without knowing God.
Klayton
- Klayton , South Carolina
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To be able to comprehend at a reasonable level
Cole
- Cole , NC
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I think that it's cool how even though we're all human we are still different in our own ways
Selena
- Selena, British Columbia
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To have the ability to wonder
Conner Bickford
- Conner Bickford, Roseville, CA
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To enjoy hot dogs with ketchup and mustard.
Isayah
- Isayah, D.C.
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To think and ponder over and above that which is needed for our survival. To analyze the environment. To think over complex problems.
Tzh Utmep
- Tzh Utmep, Pakistan
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To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
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"Advanced" bipeds with a superior cooling system that, when paired with their endurance, makes them apex predators who developed cultures.
Kiersten
- Kiersten, Plymouth, NH
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To be made in the image of God
Brooklynne
- Brooklynne, South Carolina
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To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
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To be Human is to be made up of a particular combination of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
Randyl
- Randyl, Almonte, Ontario
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