Date: Feb 9, 2013 1:49 AM
Author: Graham Cooper
Subject: Re: A natural theory proving Con(ZFC)
On Feb 9, 2:35 pm, George Greene <gree...@email.unc.edu> wrote:
> On Feb 8, 7:27 am, Zuhair <zaljo...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I see the following theory a natural one that proves the consistency
> > of ZFC.
> > Language: FOL(=,in)
> > Define: set(x) iff Exist y. x in y
> This is ALREADY NOT "natural".
> In the first place, = is ELIMINABLE in extensional set theory.
> That (a language with =) is NOT the appropriate language if it is
> going to be "natural".
> x=y is just an abbreviation for Az[zex<->zey], or equivalently, x is a
> subset of y and y is a subset of x.
> Less trivially, the limitation of size principle here IS NOT natural.
> That is TOTALLY counter-
> intuitive. The definition of set you are giving here IS THE OPPOSITE
> of the NATURAL one.
> If you ask anyone whose mind has not been corrupted by studying
> mathematical philosophy
> what A SET is, they will tell you that it is A COLLECTION. With the
> possible exception of the
> empty set, sets are sets by virtue of CONTAINING things, NOT by virtue
> OF BEING contained
> in things! Indeed, there are ALL KINDS of "natural" sets -- the set
> of children in a family,
> the set of planets, a set of plates or silverware, a set of matching
> cards, AD NAUSEAM,
> where the members of these sets ARE NOT sets and are therefore COUNTER-
> to your definition! You will plead that these are concrete and not
> mathematical objects,
> but in NATURAL treatments, the abstract mathematical objects behave
> ANALOGOUSLY TO
> concrete mathematical objects with which non-mathematicians are
then maybe ZFC isn't your thing because all sets defined by a
predicate must have a superset. this was Zermelo's brainchild to
remove the biconditional from naive set theory.
ALL(x) x e S <-> ( x e SS & p(x,SS, a,b,c..))
although I don't like this Axiom FORMAT as it's exhaustive transitive
closure has no utility.and ALL(p) is missing.
I would write it the other way around, ALL(S) under contention must
abide with the axiom (of having some EXISTING(SS))