Now, when it comes to replicators, and the idea of antiques, how does such ideas work? If you can make an exact, perfect copy of the infamous item, does it take away that item's value? How do you verify that the item you display on your shelf is real and not a well replicated fake?Don’t you feel it?’ he kidded her. ‘The historicity?’
She said, ‘What is ‘historicity’?’
‘When a thing has history in it. Listen. One of those two Zippo lighters was in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s pocket when he was assassinated. And one wasn’t. One has historicity, a hell of a lot of it. As much as any object ever had. And one has nothing. Can you feel it?’ He nudged her. ‘You can’t. You can’t tell which is which. There’s no ‘mystical plasmic presence,’ no ‘aura’ around it.’
‘Gee,’ the girl said, awed. ‘Is that really true? That he had one of those on him that day?’
‘Sure. And I know which it is. You see my point. It’s all a big racket; they’re playing it on themselves. I mean, a gun goes through a famous battle, like the Meuse-Argonne, and it’s the same as if it hadn’t, unless you know. It’s in here.’ He tapped his head. ‘In the mind, not the gun.
‘I don’t believe either of those two lighters belonged to Franklin Roosevelt,’ the girl said.
Wyndam-Matson giggled. ‘That’s my point! I’d have to prove it to you with some sort of document. A paper of authenticity. And so it’s all a fake, a mass delusion. The paper proves its worth, not the object itself!
What does this mean for those who like antiques, and collect them? What does this mean for replicators and the variation of such items?
Do they have some sort of legal requirement to stamp, 'Replicated copy' on every knick knack that comes out of the device?
On another note, is this potentially why most people we see in the show have rather sparse homes, as most items, unless of sentimental value, or of valid use, are just recycled?
What does that mean for collectors like Kivas Fajo? How does he make sure he's not being swindled?