16th November 2017

But is it real?

posted in economy, education |

Here’s a short test, for those of you with advanced academic credentials.

  • Where did you go to school?
  • What was the subject of your thesis?

After watching Marketplace on CBC, I have learned that as many as half of doctoral degrees in the US (and by extension, Canada) may be fake. Turns out that the degree mills are hard at work, churning out fancy diplomas for not much more than a Paypal payment. Worse, many of the fake doctors are also hard at work, in real academic institutions.  Pause and ponder, before assuming that everything on a Linkedin profile is real.

A painting by Leonardo da Vinci was concluded this week. A new painting, in the sense that it was unknown to the art community until recently. The price? More than $450 mullion US. The name of the big spender is unknown, as well.

I don’t understand the why of this story; couldn’t the buyer have waited until the artwork appeared on a poster or a puzzle? Is it about the image, or your image as a big spender (profligate spender)? Obviously, the art community doesn’t want to reveal too much of the story (just like a magician’s trickery). Keeps the burglars at bay, apparently. And remember, there might not be another big name painting available “in your lifetime”. All the more reason to wait for the puzzle version; go for the 1000 piece version, if you must.

Turns out that I don’t own any valuable art; my last puzzle purchase was a picture of a poster, so hardly an original masterpiece.


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