Tyler Cowen interviews the fascinating Ada Palmer, Hugo Award winning author of the “Terra Ignota” science fiction series, Renaissance historian at the University of Chicago, musical composer, consultant on anime and manga, and more.

She talks about:

  • Why living in the Renaissance was worse than living in the Middle Ages in Europe.
  • Why she doesn’t want to go back in time.
  • How censorship worked during the Inquisition, and why Enlightenment philosophy and pornography were closely related.
  • How sexism by historians gives us a warped vision of history, and why the recent involvement of women in studying history has led to breakthroughs.

and much more

This is a podcast I had to stop listening to frequently, just to think about what Palmer last said.