What Makes Us Human
And one percent Neanderthal
Rosemary Joyce Ph.D.
So you're not a "10" in every which way. But you're probably pretty spectacular in some way, and definitely good enough in most areas of life. If ever there were a time to stop beating yourself up for being human, it is now.
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Rosemary Joyce, Ph.D., is a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley.
Anthropology used to be easy to define: it was the study of exotic people somewhere else. But from its beginnings, anthropology has been less a way to describe varieties of human beings and more a way to answer question about the state of human being. Anthropologists ask the question, "What makes us human?" and seek our answers in studies that insist on recognizing all the many ways there are and have been of being human.