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Old 19 April 2018, 07:26 PM
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I get that we tend to be superstitious or at least wildly speculative about the contiguity of our own conscious experiences - and even those of animals and plants - but for objects it's just a kind of magical thinking. Without some kind of animism or object homeopathy, why should it matter that that's an actual sweater worn by Fred Rogers? An excellent replica is exactly the same for all purposes (except those that rely on those irrational and superstitious claims known as memorabilia). (Again, just to be clear, I'm not commenting about the objects in the OP, which were obviously irreplaceable and very dear to many.)
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