Abstraction is layering ignorance on top of reality. (http://www.dreamsongs.com/ObjectsHaveFailedNarrative.html) (Richard P. Gabriel) And as a result we find that object-oriented languages have succumbed to static thinkers who worship perfect planning over runtime adaptability, early decisions over late ones, and the wisdom of compilers over the cleverness of failure detection and repair. (http://dreamsongs.com/ObjectsHaveFailedNarrative.html) (Richard P. Gabriel) Art, engineering, and science are—in that order—part of a continuum of finding truth in the world and about ourselves. (http://www.dreamsongs.com/ArtOfLisp.html) (Richard P. Gabriel) Artists discover the properties of the world. (http://www.dreamsongs.com/ArtOfLisp.html) (Richard P. Gabriel) Lisp is the language of loveliness. With it a great programmer can make a beautiful, operating thing, a thing organically created and formed through the interaction of a programmer/artist and a medium of expression that happens to execute on a computer. (http://www.dreamsongs.com/ArtOfLisp.html) (Richard P. Gabriel) XML—which amounts to some fundamental Lisp data structures reinterpreted by people with bad taste brainwashed by inflexibility. (http://www.dreamsongs.com/ArtOfLisp.html) (Richard P. Gabriel)