Date: Jan 1, 2013 1:19 PM
Subject: The Distinguishability argument of the Reals.
The distinguishability argument is a deep intuitive argument about the
question of Countability of the reals. It is an argument of mine, it
claims that the truth is that the reals are countable. However it
doesn't claim that this truth can be put in a formal proof.
The idea is that we cannot have more objects than what we can
The argument originated with discussions about the Infinite binary
tree, and it is built on the following observations and generalization
In any finite binary tree if we change the labeling of all nodes
beyond a specific level in such a manner that all of those receive the
same label, then the number of paths that can be distinguished by the
labels of their nodes will not increase beyond that of the last
Example: The infinite binary tree with Two levels below the root node.
/ \ | \
0 1 0 1
Now lets alter the last level (i.e. Level 2):
/ \ | \
0 0 0 0
Now the number of paths at level 1 (the unaltered paths) is 2, those
The number of paths at the altered level which is level 2 would be
also 2, those are:
Now lets add another level with fixed labeling with 0, this would be:
/ \ | \
0 0 0 0
/\ /\ /\ /\
00 00 00 00
The number of paths at level 4 would be also 2, those are:
Generalization: From the above observation we can make the following
intuitive generalization_ That in the case of ANY binary tree the
total number of paths distinguishable by labels of their nodes of Size
n Will be equal to the total number of paths distinguishable by labels
of their nodes of Size m where m > n
iff distinct labeling of nodes seize to exist after nodes at the end
of paths of size n.
The complete Infinite binary tree have all its nodes labeled
distinctly occurring at end of FINITELY long paths. And accordingly No
discrimination by labeling of nodes occurs at the end of some
infinitely long path, so there is not discrimination by labeling that
occurs at INFINITE level, all distinct labeling do occur at FINITE
Consideration: We Consider FINITE and INFINITE to be kinds of gross
(semi-quantitative) Size criteria where INFINITE size criterion is
bigger than FINITE size criterion, i.e. INFINITE > FINITE.
Now from Generalization, Observations 2 and Consideration we arrive at
The number of Infinitely long paths of the complete infinite binary
tree is the same as the number of the finitely long paths of the
complete infinite binary tree.
The total number of FINITE paths of the complete Infinite binary tree
that are distinguishable by labeling of their nodes is COUNTABLE.
From Result 1 and Observation 3, we reach at:
The number of all INFINITE paths and thus ALL paths of the complete
binary tree is COUNTABLE.
Each real is identified with a distinguishable path by labeling of its
nodes of the complete infinite binary tree.
From Result 2 and Observation 4 we arrive finally at:
The number of all reals is COUNTABLE.