A speaker at a recent computer science conference came up with another metaphor for the "Neats" (who seek structured frameworks within which to organize knowledge) as opposed to the "Messies" (who relish the emergence of new phenomena from chaotic interactions):

They're worshippers in the Church of Ontology!

(JCH, 2 May 2006; cf. NeatsAndMessies (23 Jul 1999), MudAndCrystals (13 Nov 1999), ...)

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