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Yes I think the Knowledge Is Power aphorism leads mistakenly to a Knowledge-Value-Function K(x) > 0 for any item of knowledge x.

But knowledge value is only positive if it helps you achieve your goal, when recalled. Otherwise the time taken to recall and discard knowledge is a negative. So really optimal knowledge is where you only know what you need to achieve your goals.

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