neophilia: /nee`ohˇfil'ˇeeˇ@/, 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 neophobia.