neophilia


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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".
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or "The Neophilia scale", through which we are able to provide relevant data regarding the subjects' physical activity and the perception of new experiences according to the student's type (participating at Physical Education lessons or having medical exempts);
Neophilia "is both a state, or transient psychobiological condition, and an abiding trait,' and we must understand its several dimensions if we're to harness a 21st-century aptitude for it.
One of the most dismal but revealing features of Finn's book is his documentation of the trendy "Progressive" neophilia that has increasingly dominated our teachers' colleges and schools of education since the 1920s.
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They said people who always want to trade in their iPods, computers and cars for the latest models are victims of a genetic affliction called neophilia.
If educably open to the old and the new, we in academe might not be compelled to genuflect to neophilia and disdain the old, or vice versa.
The chief consequence of setting these as program goals, and of then defining computer literacy as the means to information is neophilia.
Absent that agreement and public expression, libraries and librarianship can fall prey to the kind of technological neophilia described above.
In an age of neophilia the past has, in many people's view, been superseded.
The new at any price, neophilia, the young artist holding the key to the future - it comes down to an ideology, and it isn't mine.
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