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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 that you are alive, you walk up straight, you have a big mind and you live a special life.
Kabo Modikwa
- Kabo Modikwa, Botswana
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To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
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To learn more about the world than what is needed to survive. To explore for the sake of exploration.
Joe Keiper
- Joe Keiper, Martinsville, VA
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To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
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To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
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To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
Katie
- Katie, London
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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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Being human is having a complex theory. And have that theory evolve over time. Have that theory explain where we came from.
Matt
- Matt, Kalbarri
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Versatility and creativity.
Victoria Ayers
- Victoria Ayers, Willaimsport PA
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to have 46 chromosomes.
Jill
- Jill, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Be aware of yourself and your environment and discover you can hurt others for your own profit.
Alexander
- Alexander, Barcelona
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We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
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We change the lives of every thing
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
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Being human means we are made in the image of a loving and all-knowing God.
Emily
- Emily, Greenville, SC
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To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
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To be human is to learn from your mistakes. Learning about the world and teach others about it. You never learn from perfection
Jess
- Jess, Australia
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to be contradictory. we live to die and would die to live.
pharenna pol
- pharenna pol, houston texas
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Humans wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
Lon Brouse
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
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Humanity is messy and broken; the farthest thing from perfect. Being human means to long for something greater, something beyond this world.
Nolan
- Nolan, SC, USA
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To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
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To be human, you must feel connections to others and experience "human emotions," such as being sad or happy.
Cami Sample
- Cami Sample, Denver, CO
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Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
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Focused Curiosity
Andrea
- Andrea, Canada
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We humans have something wonderful, our “intelligence” that demands big responsibilities, respect and appreciation for the cosmos "life".
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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Being human is thinking and feeling emotions in ways that are different than any other animal.
Caitlyn
- Caitlyn , North Carolina
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Well to me being human is a lot of things. One is to have no limit, it can also mean to chose the right path.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND
- I DO NOT UNDERSTAND, canada
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Humans communicate in languages, don’t have hair all over the body, express emotions, create and destroy, make judgments, etc.
Lisa Seo
- Lisa Seo, College Park
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A human being is selfish, greedy creature who is utterly careless of the environment surrounding him.
Mariam
- Mariam, Toronto
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To Be human is to make mistakes, and to express individuality
Sarah
- Sarah, Los Angeles
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Being human means to live with language, with currency, with language, with life itself.
Logan
- Logan, NJ
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Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
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To have the ability to love and be loved despite knowledge and understanding of flaws and failures.
Mom
- Mom, Dacula, GA
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to be human is to have the ability to self reflect
Kelly Madison
- Kelly Madison, Madison NJ
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It means that we have to learn math. Lucky monkeys.
Haiden
- Haiden , Hogwarts
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To be human is to love one another. Above all, our most basic function is to love. It's the first thing we know, as soon as we are born.
claire johnson
- claire johnson, california
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Being human means taking responsibility for ourselves, our species, our world, and the billions of diverse organisms we share it with.
Lucy K.
- Lucy K., Arizona
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To walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
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To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
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To be human these days is apparently to come up with your own definitions of things like being human.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Texas
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