"Without the forgers, the scholars would lack the challenge to ply their craft at its highest level."My knee-jerk reaction to reading this was, "wouldn't the world be better without the hassle of dealing with forgeries?" but then I realized that I sounded like a pompus art dealer or museum director. I do garner some joy when I hear that a millionaire has spent, well, millions on a "priceless" work of art/antiquity only to have it turn out to be a fake. What a delicious smack in the face to those who feel entitled to "own a real piece of history" to only hide it away from the world in their private collections!
And yet there is also that scary possibility that forgeries can (and do) go unnoticed or unchecked. Piltdown Man went almost 50 years before scholars revealed it to be a fake! The idea that a forger could create an object that would change the face of history if not detected to fulfill some kind of political gain for himself or his patron does not sit well with me (Biblical examples come to mind). So perhaps Ron is right. Let the forgers forge and the scholars prove them wrong!
Oh and by the way, nice mug Ron!...