Comments on: Go forth and multiply A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: traduceri daneza romana Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:01:52 +0000 Good article and right to the point. I am not sure if this is actually the best place to ask but do you guys have any thoughts on where to hire some professional writers? Thanks

By: SteveHamlin Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:32:46 +0000 Felix – you spent 7000 words saying that you agree with Izabella – that authenticity has value to the beholder in excess of its pure tangible economic utility.

Izzy *analogizes* the intangible value of the authentic piece of art to the intangible value of a sacred relic above the cost to credibly reproduce the relic – not sneers at and dismisses that fact.

In most material goods treasured by people, the narrative story of that particular object is as important as the replacement cost. How much would your mother sell your baby shoes for? Why do you keep your kindergarten report card instead of scanning it and throwing away the paper? Why don’t you sell the pocket watch your father gave before he died and buy a cheaper replacement?

The same goes for $100mm paintings, or the habit of Mother Theresa – all worth more to the holder than the replacement cost of the materials, due to the story, the memories associated with the object, the perfect uniqueness of “this one” as opposed to another.

Ask a toddler why she prefers this blankie she has loved for a year to that one over there, and you’ll have answered your question.

By: dedalus Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:25:57 +0000 “The invisible aura of authenticity is of paramount importance.”

You’re merely bullish on authenticity, which peaked in the 60s and has been in slow decline since at least publication of Trilling’s “Sincerity & Authenticity” (1970). nd_Authenticity

By: Matthew_Saroff Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:16:14 +0000 I suggest that you look at the market for rubies, where highly specialized equipment is required to distinguish between natural and synthetic stones.

There is still a massive difference in price.

By: fresnodanhome Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:16:40 +0000 Is there anything that more proves the “rational man” premise of economics is bunk than the above?
(I mean a logical, utility maximizing economic man, would see that the marginal joy of owning a Van Gogh is not worth 169 million and some odd dollars over owning one for say 29.95)