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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.

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To be human is to know we have the power to erase all life from this planet and to have enough care not to.
Nick Prescott
- Nick Prescott, Plymouth, NH
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No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
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A great privilege: knowledge, emotions, shelter, food, family comes with it. The power to be able to connect with nature, too.
Being Human
- Being Human, NJ
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it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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To be human means to wonder why we are here, and to look around with a sense of awe for all that came before and is still to come.
Sannhet Inge Sivertsen
- Sannhet Inge Sivertsen, Norway
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To me, being human means interacting with those around us in order to form meaningful relationships, and striving to be happy.
Kaitlin Bielec
- Kaitlin Bielec, Maryland
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To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
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Idk anymore
Dead Donkey
- Dead Donkey, https://www.google.com/maps/@-23.5278477,24.7226243,3a,75y,302.33h,60.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3L-F887yPcBnejtJvT6DoA!2e0!7i13
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To be able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
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Modern human - the only species on Earth in conflict with Earth's natural world. Capable of abstract thinking and partially self-aware.
Veronika
- Veronika, Austria
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To condense profound thoughts into a maximum of 140 characters is becoming a key facet of being human.
TwitterAddict
- TwitterAddict, Lost in Thought
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How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
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Human, Walks on two legs, needs oxygen, planets resources. Their main belief is a form of religion. Thrive in a social environment
Margarita
- Margarita, Rochester, New York
To be human means to be an ancestor from early Homo species.
Grace
- Grace, Raleigh, NC
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To be created by God in his image.
Madi
- Madi, St.Louis
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Being human means to live not just survive, living life to the fullest.
Zhu Chen
- Zhu Chen, Washington, DC
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To take in air, and breath out change, and to interact and require main nessecities.
Lolo
- Lolo, NC
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To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
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Being human means so much. We have dominion over the world. God has sacrificed his one and only son so that we might live. Serve God w/ love
T+A
- T+A, Seattle Washington
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COEXISTENCE NATURALISM VIA BEHAVIORAL ADEQUATENESS VIA COGNITIVE DECISIVENESS FROM PERCEPTIONAL PROCESSES OF SURROUNDINGS.
Jeremy Lee Gray
- Jeremy Lee Gray, Anthem, Arizona, U.S.A.
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To be human is to live life the way one sees fit, regardless of a lack of inherent structure or purpose.
jane doe
- jane doe, USA
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We are living, breathing bipeds. We have complex thought processes/emotions. We are all very diverse, yet share the same general makeup.
Caylin
- Caylin, Plymouth State University
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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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I think being human means being an individual and not having someone like you. Unique, is another word I would use to describe being human.
Dalila Solorio
- Dalila Solorio, Lake Elsinore , California
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To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
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To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
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Being human means we are living, breathing beings, containing a soul that gives us a moral code to live by.
Shannon
- Shannon, Greenville, SC
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Expression, we create simply for the purpose of creating.
Mike
- Mike, Tempe, AZ
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To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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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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Being human means to create and engage in meaningful relationships with others, with oneself, and with the world
Allison
- Allison, Louisville, KY
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What do we share as humans?
To be human means to be a child, of mother Earth and father Universe. Stars forged what we are made of and the planet gave birth to us.
Tima Aflitunov
- Tima Aflitunov, Baltimore, MD
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Being Human means to live in civilization, and to be able to use our hands.To be human means to have fear, strength, happiness, and failure.
Isabella
- Isabella, New Jersey
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To be fulfilled by God with a soul
AM
- AM, Massachusetts
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I am a human. I live in my body but I am not my body. Just as I live in the world but I am not the world.
cheriekah
- cheriekah, Western Australia
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To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
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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 connect with things, with people, with the land, with ourselves and try to figure out the meaning of life if there even is one
Dinnah
- Dinnah, Pennsylvania
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To be human means all of the mistakes, accomplishments, and history our species have created.
Calvin
- Calvin, Denver. CO.
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To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
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