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Learned a new word today: neophilia

/nee`oh-fil'-ee-*/ The trait of being excited and pleased by novelty. Common among most hackers, SF fans, and members of several other connected leading-edge subcultures, including the pro-technology “Whole Earth” wing of the ecology movement, space activists, many members of Mensa, and the Discordian/neo-pagan underground. All these groups overlap heavily and (where evidence is available) seem to share characteristic hacker tropisms for science fiction, music, and oriental food. The opposite tendency is “neophobia”.

I first saw neophilia used in the sub-title of Matt Jones’s work blog. I think I know how he feels.

Originally published on Tuesday April 1, 2003 at 11:40 pm

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