Jens Zimmermann: Interview with BioLogos Foundation

In his interview with the BioLogos Foundation, Jens Zimmermann takes up the two questions that influence many of our pressing cultural issues: who we are, and how we know. Essentially questions of anthropology and epistemology, respectively, these questions are at play in such contentious debates as that between science and religion—a debate which, for Zimmermann, exemplifies their importance. The conflict, here, is the result of competing fundamentalisms refusing to acknowledge the shared structure of human knowledge to which both are indebted. Both science and religion rely on tradition, on received practice, operating according to a “from-to” model of inquiry as articulated by Michael Polanyi. It is this structure of experience—a historical, hermeneutic, and definitively human structure—that we also see at stake in the transhumanist vision, a vision that seeks to supersede the limitations and struggles of human existence, and which Zimmermann discusses in the final video here. Questions of knowledge are not exempt from questions of human being, and neither are questions of human being exempt from questions of knowledge. Indeed, the two are intertwined, and must be given equal treatment if we are to engage effectively in any of our contemporary cultural conversations.

1. Who We Are and How We Know

2. Tradition and Verification in Science and Religion

3. Who was Michael Polanyi?

4. Is Transhumanism Really About Humans?