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36 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 10 August 2011 09:30AM

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Comment author: Pavitra 16 August 2011 09:02:58PM 1 point [-]

The negative value isn't on actual knowledge, it's on perceived knowledge. Genuine ignorance is advantageous only in the special case where knowledge is difficult to hide.

Comment author: SilasBarta 17 August 2011 12:21:43AM 0 points [-]

The same argument applies just the same to perceived knowledge as evidence of a reflective inconsistency in the system. To the extent that someone benefits from spending resources misrepresenting their state of knowledge the system is reflectively inconsistent.

Comment author: Pavitra 17 August 2011 01:06:30AM 0 points [-]

I have about 85% confidence that what you're saying is correct, but I can't quite grasp it enough to verify it independently. Maybe I need to reread the TDT paper.

Comment author: SilasBarta 17 August 2011 04:02:52AM 0 points [-]

Yes, that's where I got my insight into the reason why reflectively consistent decision theories don't have negative knowledge values.