There is a lot of confusion on this one.  While I know for sure that 
there are low level compiled languages that will allow the pointers to 
be explicitly OR implicitly called (i.e. you are not *required* to use 
the dereference) I do not believe that an interpreted language would 
employ specific pointers.

That having been said, what is everyone basing their positions upon?  Is 
this more of a debate about what things are or how to word them to 
others?  Where did everyone look in the docs or source code to figure 
this out?
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