Re: [SL4] Flare, and the need for it.

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Mar 04 2000 - 22:37:49 MST

From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>

Randall Randall wrote:
> You can look at this feature by using
> (documentation whatever-function-or-symbol-you-want
> (type-of whatever-function-or-symbol-you-want))
> and what you will see is a quoted string, with no limit
> of which I am aware on size.

"Comment" is the wrong word, perhaps. "Annotation" would be better. A
quoted string won't suffice - you need key-value pairs, and the keys
need metadata. Furthermore, that annotation has to be doable as a
natural idiom, and the language libraries need to support it.

It's possible to write shallow LISP programs in C, but not deep ones.
Same goes for writing Flare programs in LISP.

--      Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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           Senior Associate, Foresight Institute
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