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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 is to have freedom of choice and recognition of one self.
Kira
- Kira, Hawaii
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To be human means to evolve and different religions can define what means to be human and also to have the right to be equal
llololololo
- llololololo , school
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To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
Sean
- Sean, Torrance
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Being a human is having a soul. Knowing the difference between good and evil. And having an a imagination to be creative.
Marilynn
- Marilynn , Needham IN
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Being human means to be apart of the group that interacts with those that are also considered human.
Liam F
- Liam F, Denver Colorado
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To have identity and consciousness.
Valentine
- Valentine, DC
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To be human is to be a sentient fragment of the universe struggling to comprehend itself.
H Matthew Cooper
- H Matthew Cooper, Takoma Park, MD
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To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
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Being human means knowing who you are. Being human means you have a complex personality of your own.
Bethany
- Bethany, Malawi
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Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
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To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
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Being a child of God.
Sara
- Sara, Minnesota
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A actual living,breathing fuctional creature that was created to experince the life that was given to us here on earth.
Linda
- Linda, florida
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being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
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Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
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Being human involves interdependence. We depend on one another for emotional support, for employment, for food. The list is endless.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
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To reach out to one another and to take comfort in sharing companionship and love.
Suzie Hale
- Suzie Hale, Utah
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To be human means that we question and think about what we can and cannot see.
Kenneth
- Kenneth, Massachusetts
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It means that we're made in the image and likeness of God who created us.
Heidi Watson
- Heidi Watson, Washington DC
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Human is who can think, act, and develop. It can be told in a physical sense and a psychological sense.
Yeelim
- Yeelim, S. Korea
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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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On a basic level, one is human if one has human DNA. However, we tend to associate many traits perceived to be good with our own species.
Elizabeth H.
- Elizabeth H., Museum of Natural History
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We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
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dressing up
Michelle
- Michelle, FortCollins
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To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
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A human has the ability to think and be imaginative, change the environment so it becomes easier to live there and, that way, survive.
Núria
- Núria, Gualta (Girona-Catalunya)
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Human Neural Plasticity: intelligence, time-sense, ingenuity, advanced socialization, culture, conceptual synthesis, logic, domestication.
S Churchill
- S Churchill, Washington State
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It means that you are an animal with senses for survival.
Rachelle Robinson
- Rachelle Robinson, Md
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Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
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The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
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It means your a homo sapien
name
- name, everywhere
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Those who show empathy towards others, have an idea or understanding on why they are alive, and have beliefs towards the way of life.
Gabby R.
- Gabby R. , Dallas, TX
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To know right from wrong
Gabriel
- Gabriel, South Carolina
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Being human means having a flawed perception, and being fully incapable to obtain that which we were born for.
Chris
- Chris , New Jersey
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use and manufacture tools, have a sense of community, have opposable thumbs, and be bipedal. also have a more developed frontal lobe.
Noa the Sapien Sapien
- Noa the Sapien Sapien, San Diego, CA
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We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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To be able to collaborate with others from across the globe.
Chloe .D
- Chloe .D, Denver, CO
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There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
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the human species is the most intelligent species in the world.
ANDREW
- ANDREW, PHOENIX,ARIZONA
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Being human is to love and be loved. It is the ability to feel compassion for all living things and to act in their best interest.
Jan Aubrey
- Jan Aubrey, Milwaukee
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