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The Real News On Fakes

Derek Harper, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9302446
They're all decoys, no real ducks.

It can take your breath away, looking at a painting by a renaissance master.  Would the inhalation be a little less sharp if you knew the painting was a forgery?  A good forgery? 

Historian Lydia Pyne forces us to consider such questions in her book Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff.  She provides examples from laboratory-made diamonds to jelly beans with bacon flavor. 

Do we appreciate the synthetic as much as the authentic?  That is one question for our discussion with the author. 

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