I nearly jumped to heartily agree with you, though the intellectual vigor present in the Foundation Universe is really limited to the Second Foundation, Gaia, and the Robot contingent. Advanced knowledge in the galaxy is not open source; to the contrary, it is extremely esoteric. I'd rather take Kim Stanley Robinson's Martian Universe, which appears to value advanced knowledge or at least rationality for all.I'd live on the universe of Foundation.
Advanced math, advanced tech. Sure it'll be fun.