= N =
neophilia /nee`oh-fil'-ee-*/ n.
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 (see geek). 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
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.