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Rich Hickey is definitely an interesting person.

The questions for me is that do we actually want to master a bare bones instrument (for example a violin) or do we want to make music.

The more you advance in a field, the more you control you want to have over the concepts you work with and what you produce. So an expert will look for a more flexible tool, one that gives access to all these concepts. Whether that's a bare bones instrument or a computer program, it will be unsuitable for a beginner.

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