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Matheology § 285
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Matheology § 285

In this article, I argue that it is impossible to complete infinitely many tasks in a finite time. A key premise in my argument is that the only way to get to 0 tasks remaining is from 1 task remaining, when tasks are done 1-by-1. I suggest that the only way to deny this premise is by begging the question, that is, by assuming that supertasks are possible.

1 By definition, completing infinitely many tasks requires getting the number of tasks remaining down to 0.
2 If tasks are done 1-by-1, then the only way to get to 0 tasks is from 1 task, because if more than 1 task remains, then performing a task does not leave 0 tasks. (This reasoning holds in both the finite and infinite cases.)
3 When infinitely many tasks are attempted 1-by-1, there is no point at which 1 task remains.
4 Then from 2 and 3, there is no point at which 0 tasks remain.
5 Then from 1 and 4, it is not possible to complete infinitely many tasks.

JEREMY GWIAZDAArticle first published online: 4 MAR 2012
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 93, Issue 1, pages 1?7, March 2012
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0114.2011.01412.x/full

Therefore it is not possible to enumerate all rational numbers (always infinitely many remain) by all natural numbers (always infinitely many remain) or to traverse the lines of a Cantor list (always infinitely many remain).

Regards, WM


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