the Jargon File, with a slight hacker bias): 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'.