Ada Palmer is a Professor in History researching the history of science, religion, progress, culture, and many other fascinating topics. She is also a science fiction author of the award-winning Terra Ignota series beginning with Too Like the Lightning, which explores a twenty-fifth civilization of voluntary citizenship and borderless nations. Now, this interview is over 3-hours-long and requires a lot of time and effort. However, just like her books, I believe that it is very much worth it.
During this 3h 7 min interview with Prof. Ada Palmer, we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: the 7 languages she reads or speaks; theodicy, Viking music, mythology, ethics, and metaphysics; Cosmos, the Inquisition and popular (mis)representation of history; the rejection of the presumptive authority of the past; Laws of History and Peter Urchin’s cliodynamics; if the United States is approaching a civil war; Ada’s Terra Ignota trilogy of four books; the role of the individual in history and the future; the lessons from reenacting the papal election of 1492.
My favorite quotes that I will take away from this conversation with Ada Palmer are:
Almost all victories are partial but partial victories are victories. [And progress is made of partial victories.]
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