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Neophobia

New page! "General Neophobia in Everyday Life: Humankind's Fear of Progress and Change" by Vexen Crabtree (2009). Page intro and contents:

Neophobia in its psychological pretext is the pressing fear of things that are new, including changes in routine and food. A looser look at general neophobia, in social psychology terms, brings us to look at why ideas, inventions, fashions, morals and other societal changes are often resisted despite their logical advantages. Examples include the outcry against centralized timekeeping and against soldiers wearing camouflaged clothes. A modern example is the irrational fear of genetically modified food. Neophobia is easy to see in retrospect, but it is harder to see where it might be having an effect on us right now.

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