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Agreed, but I just don't find myself writing much boilerplate in modern languages. The other abstraction mechanisms take care of most of it.

That's the problem with boilerplate. You don't see that it's boilerplate until you see a languages where it's unnecessary.

If that's true (and it seems likely) how can you avoid writing blub in lisp? How can you ever know to what extent you're writing blub in lisp?

You mean writing blub-like code in Lisp? You probably cannot avoid that on your own unless your name is Guy Steele or someone like him, but by reading non-blub Lisp code you can.

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