I just read a great blog entry on the connections between homophily, serendipity and xenophilia. Given I didn’t quite know what all these actually meant prior to reading, it was very informative.
The article describes homophily as: “Homophily” is a remarkably useful term, a compact word that succinctly expresses the idea that “birds of a feather flock together” – that you’re likely to befriend, talk to, work with and share ideas with people who’ve got common ethnic, religious and economic background with you. He then questions as to what this means in politics, life and even if this makes one stupid. For example, by sticking to those with your own thoughts, you are apt to miss huge trends. Great picture of sheep!!
Serendipity is described as, “pleasantly surprising” or “accidental discoveries”.
Xenophilia is described as, “There are people in the world who are genuinely fascinated by the very breadth, complexity and difference of the world.”