Forcing is a method first used to prove the continuum hypothesis is independent of the classical axioms of set theory

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Suslin trees in ccc ideals

A countably complete ideal $I$ on a set $Z$ ideal is c.c.c. when there is no uncountable family of pairwise disjoint $I$-positive subsets of $Z$. If such an ideal exists, then there exists a weakly ...
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Different Methods for Forcing Total Failure of Generalized Continuum Hypothesis

It seems there are few papers on total failure of Generalized Continuum Hypothesis. As an example Merimovich in 2007 constructed a model of ZFC such that GCH fails everywhere assuming consistency of ...
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Who proved “sets in every generic are already in the ground model?”

Suppose $\mathbb{P}$ is a notion of forcing in the ground model $V$, and $X$ is a set which is in $V[G]$ for every $\mathbb{P}$-generic filter $G$. Then $X\in V$ already, by a fairly simple (if ...
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PFA: A New Godel's Program & A New Large Cardinal Ladder (Updated)

We know $PFA$ implies $2^{\aleph_0}=\aleph_2$. Q1. What does $PFA$ say about other values of continuum function? Does proper forcing axiom carry any further information about values of continuum ...
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Shelah's proof that proper forcing preserves P-points

In Proper and Improper forcing, VI.5; Claim 5.1 part 1 is the following: If $F$ is a P-point in $V$, $P$ is a proper forcing notion and $\Vdash_P `` F$ generates an ultrafilter" Then the ultrafilter ...
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Genericity by names

If $P$ is a notion of forcing in $M$, then $G$ is a $P$-generic filter over $M$ if $G\subseteq P$ is a filter, and for every $D\in M$ which is a dense subset of $P$, $G\cap D\neq\varnothing$. ...
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Preservation of some stationary sets by sufficiently closed forcing

The following statement can be proven using elementary submodels and sufficiently generic conditions: "If $S \subseteq cof(<\kappa) \cap \kappa^+$ is stationary, and $\kappa^{<\kappa} =\kappa$, ...
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When does the choice of the generic matter?

It is a somewhat curious phenomenon that, in forcing arguments, one usually doesn't care about any particular properties of the generic filter being used (this isn't strictly true; there are cases ...
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What is known about equiconsistency of PFA and existence of supercompact cardinals?

Question: What is the last status of known partial results and new approaches on the problem of equiconsistency of PFA and existence of supercompact cardinals?
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What is the meaning of restricting a Boolean value to a subalgebra?

$\require{AMScd}$ I am studying the proof that the ordering principle does not imply the axiom of choice in Jech's book "The Axiom of Choice" (Section 5.5). Let $P$ be the set of finite partial ...
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Intermediate submodels without Boolean algebras

My question is motivated by the following well-known fact regarding intermediate submodels of generic extensions. I would like to know if it can be proven using posets without the need for Boolean ...
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A question about the first Cohen model

Consider the first Cohen model, i.e. let $M$ be a countable transitive model of ZFC + $V=L$, let $\mathbb P$ be the poset consisting of finite partial functions from $\omega\times\omega$ to $2$, let ...
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How can I collapse all cardinals of ground model except one of them?

Let $\kappa$ be an uncountable cardinal of a c.t.m $M$ of $ZFC$. Is there a generic extension of $M$ like $M[G]$ such that all uncountable cardinals of ground model collapse except $\kappa$?
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Bad subforcings of nice forcing notions

Let $\mathbb{P}$ and $\mathbb{Q}$ be two forcing notions. Recall that we say $\mathbb{Q}$ is a subforcing of $\mathbb{P}$ if there exists a regular embedding $\mathbb{Q} \to \text{r.o.}(\mathbb{P}).$ ...
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V=HOD & The Height of the Large Cardinal Tree

As we know the assumption $V=L$ adds a restriction on the height of the large cardinal tree. Also there is a strict border like $0^{\sharp}$ exists such that all large cardinal axioms which are ...
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Can “syntactic forcing” add ordinals?

Kunen, in paragraph VII.9 of his book talks about forcing "via syntactical models", where the we do not use set models of ZFC. Still, the functional $x \mapsto \check x$ can be defined as usual and ...
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extending elementary embeddings

Suppose $j : M \to N$ is an elementary embeddings between transitive models of ZFC. Everyone knows that if $G$ is $\mathbb{P}$-generic over $M$, $H$ is $j(\mathbb{P})$-generic over $N$, and $j[G] ...
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Intermediate submodels and the continuum hypothesis

Let $V$ be a model of $ZFC+GCH$ and let $V[G]$ be a generic extension of $V$ in which $CH$ fails. Question 1. Is there a model $W$ such that: 1) $V \subseteq W \subseteq V[G],$ 2) $W\models CH,$ ...
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$(\kappa , \lambda)$ - Minimal Models of $\text{ZF}$

The notion of minimality in model theory is related to the existence of a gap in the size of definable subsets of a model. Now consider the following generalization: Definition 1: Let $M$ be a ...
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Subsets of Real Numbers (Edited & Revised Version)

Question 1: Is it consistent with $\text{ZF}$ that only countable subsets of $\mathbb{R}$ are well-orderable? Question 2: Is it consistent that for some $\lambda$, $\aleph_0 < \lambda < ...
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Minimal Generalized Continuum Hypothesis & Axiom of Choice

It is well known that working in the frame of $\text{ZF}$, the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis ($\text{GCH}$) implies the Axiom of Choice ($\text{AC}$), i.e. $\text{ZF}+\text{GCH}\vdash \text{AC}$. ...
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Does ZF have an initial model?

Definition 1: A class $\mathcal{K}$ of countable transitive models of $\text{ZF}$ has an "initial member" $M$ if each member of $\mathcal{K}$ is a forcing extension of $M$ for some partial order ...
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capturing small sets in small factors

Suppose $\kappa$ is a regular cardinal and $P$ is a $\kappa$-c.c. partial order. I want to know when are small sets added by subforcings of size $<\kappa$. The following seems well-known: ...
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Prevalent singular cardinals hypothesis

The following notion is introduced by Assaf Rinot: Definition. A singular cardinal $\kappa$ is a prevalent singular cardinal iff there exists a family $\mathbb{A}\subset P(\kappa)$ with ...
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On the number of models between a ground model and its forcing extension

Let $\kappa$ be a (finite or infinite) cardinal. Assuming consistency of $\text{ZFC}$ (and probabely some additional assumptions) is the following consistent with $\text{ZFC}$? There is a countable ...
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Joint Forcing Extension Property

Definition 1: A class $\mathcal{K}$ of countable transitive models of $\text{ZF}$ has strong "joint forcing extension property" (JFEP) iff for all $M,N\in \mathcal{K}$ there are forcing notions ...
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A special c.c.c forcing notion and adding minimal generic reals

This question is related to my question "Forcing with c.c.c forcing notions, Cohen reals and Random reals". A natural way to answer Prikry's conjecture is to build a c.c.c. forcing notion which adds ...
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Is the tree of large cardinals linear?

Kanamori in the introduction of his book "The Higher Infinite" says: "The investigation of large cardinal hypotheses is indeed a mainstream of modern set theory, and they have been found to play a ...
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Forcing Language

I asked the following question (slightly paraphrased) about a week ago in Stack exchange but no one knew the answer to the particular question. I was hoping someone here might be able to help me. ...
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A New Continuum Hypothesis (Revised Version)

Define $N_n$ as $n$ th natural number: $N_0=0, N_1=1, N_2=2, ...$. What happens after exponentiation? We have the following equation: $2^{N_n}=N_{2^{n}}$. (Which says: For all finite cardinal $n$ ...
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$\Sigma_1$ Statements and Forcing Extensions

Assuming consistency of $\text{ZFC}$ (with some large cardinal axiom), is the following statement consistent with $\text{ZFC}$? Any $\Sigma_1$ statement with parameters $\omega_1,\omega_2$ which ...
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Consistency Strength of the Failure of Square on Singular Cardinals

Q1. What is the consistency strength of the failure of square on singular cardinals? Q2. What are known as partial results in this direction?
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Possible Choices for Cofinality of $\aleph_n$ without Choice

$\text{ZFC}$ proves that each $\aleph_{n}$ for $n\in \omega$ is a regular cardinal. But it seems without the Axiom of Choice there are many consistent possible choices for cofinality of such ...
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An explicit construction of reals added after some forcing notions

Consider the forcing notion(s) introduced by Friedman (or Mitchell or Neeman) for adding a club subset of $\omega_2$ by finite conditions. In the generic extension CH fails, but I can't see the reals ...
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Impact of Supercompacts on Measurables

It is consistent that the least measurable cardinal can carry exactly one normal measure but in almost all models for this theory there is no supercompact cardinal. It seems existence of a ...
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A Special Pair of Models for ZFC (New Version)

Are there two models $M$ and $N$ for $\text{ZFC}$ such that: (1) $M\subseteq N$ (2) $\aleph_{1}^{N}=\aleph_{1}^{M}$ (3) $\aleph_{2}^{N}=\aleph_{\omega +1}^{M}$ Update: According to Peter's useful ...
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The First Failure of GCH in Large Cardinals Smaller than Measurables

A well known theorem by Scott says: If $\kappa$ is a measurable cardinal and $\mu$ a normal measure on it and $\mu (\lbrace\lambda\in\kappa~|~2^{\lambda}=\lambda^{+}\rbrace)=1$ then ...
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Countable Product of Class Forcing Notions

Is the following consistent? There are definable class forcing notions $\lbrace \mathbb{P}_{n}\rbrace_{n\in \omega}$ such that: The product of any finitly many of them preserves $\text{ZFC}$ and ...
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random real forcing, independent real

Assume all independent reals that are added by random real forcing. Take enumeration of each independent real. Is the family of all enumerations dominating?
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What is the role of absoluteness in existence of a non-trivial self elementary embedding on an inner model?

ِDefinition (1): Call an inner model M "rigid" if there are no non-trivial elementary embeddings $j: M\longrightarrow M$. It is possible that $L$ is not rigid, while the problem is open for $HOD$. ...
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Adding large sets not containing countable ground model sets

The question is motivated by Toni's question "Approximation of infinite set in generic extension" (see Approximation of infinite set in generic extension). Before I state the question, let me add ...
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Question about Woodin's stationary tower

Suppose that $\delta$ is a Woodin cardinal and that $\kappa$ is the critical point of the generic embedding $j:V\rightarrow M$ after forcing with the stationary tower ($\kappa$ can be $\omega_1$ or ...
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Are measures of a measurable cardinal measurable? (Edited and Updated Version)

Update: Regarding to Prof. Hamkins's guidance I restricted the questions to the "normal" measures to avoid trivial answers. Definition: Let $\kappa$ be a measurable cardinal. Define: ...
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A Question on Special Forcings

The usual use of forcing begins with a "countable" and "transitive" ground model of $ZFC$ and reaches to a "countable" and "transitive" generic model of $ZFC$ with the "same ordinals". In a discussion ...
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what kind of ordinal is the degree of strongness of a partially strong cardinal (Edited and revised)

For an infinite cardinal $\kappa$ and an ordinal $\lambda>\kappa,$ $\kappa$ is called $\lambda-$strong, if there is a non-trivial elementary embedding $j: V \rightarrow M$ with $crit(j)=\kappa$ ...
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Can we force with Fraisse filters to solve Vaught's conjecture?

Around the classic Fraisse amalgamation theorem in model theory we have the following notions: Definition (1): If $M$ be an $\mathcal{L}$-structure then define: $age(M):=\lbrace N~|~N~\text{is ...
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Is there a forcing closure?

The main theorem of forcing says that for any c.t.m of $ZFC$ like $M$ and for all partial order $\mathbb{P}$ and $\mathbb{P}$-generic $G$ over $M$, there is a c.t.m of $ZFC$, like $N$ such that $N$ is ...
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Can we always permute Cohen reals?

Consider the Cohen forcing, and suppose that $\dot x,\dot y$ are names for reals, which are not in the ground model (i.e. $1$ forces that neither is in the ground model). Can we always find an ...
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Why does an $\varepsilon$-incomplete $Q$ remain so in the forcing extension of any $\varepsilon$-complete $P$?

This is Shelah's simpler notion of 'completeness' for not adding reals via forcing. Here $P$ and $Q$ are forcing notions. Let $S_{\aleph_0}(\kappa)$ be the set of all countable subsets of a cardinal ...
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How Random is Cohen?

Suppose that $V$ is a universe of $\sf ZFC$, and $c$ is a Cohen generic real over $V$. Is it possible that $c$ is also generic in other senses? I know that it can't be random or Sacks or whatnot ...