Practice Infophilia

7----infophilia“When confronted with the mysterious, the inexplicable or the unsettling, popular wisdom tells us we should ignore it and hope it will go away. (An Irish proverb says, “If you see a two-headed pig, keep your mouth shut.”)

Just about the only humans not governed by this infophobic reflex have dwelt in the bohemian artistic and “deviant” sub-cultures, where the dominant attitude partakes more of infophilia. (As one of Shakespeare’s characters says, “If it be new, it matters not how vile.”)

Modern experience, as it graduates into the postmodern, seems to have overwhelming tendencies to move more and more people from infophobia to infophilia, sometimes with shocking and traumatic abruptness[…]

The pure infophile remains a relatively rare person at this primitive stage of evolution. The infophile seeks out the new and exotic in food, ideas, clothing, technology, art — everywhere. Picasso, Joyce, Niels Bohr, Bucky Fuller and all the murdered heretics and innovators of history represent extreme infophiliac imprints.”
– Robert Anton Wilson

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