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### counterexample regarding quotient algebras in forcing

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are complete subalgebras of a complete boolean algebra $C$. Let $G \subseteq A$ be generic. In the extension $V[G]$, we can define the quotient algebras $B/G$ and $C/G$ in the ...

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### Forcing as a replacement of induction and diagonal arguments

Let me give some examples motivating the question.
The use of forcing instead of induction: For this consider Cantor's theorem:
Theorem 1. Any two countable dense linear orders $I, J$ without end ...

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### A new cardinality living in every forcing extension?

This question is motivated by the papers http://arxiv.org/abs/1405.7456 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.1224.
Say that a set $X$ is "generically presentable" over $V\models ZF$ if there is some ...

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### A well-founded relation on lists

Let $A$ be a set equipped with a well-founded relation $<$, let $LA$ be the set of finite lists of elements of $A$, and define a relation $\prec$ on $LA$ such that $\ell \prec m$ if $\ell$ is ...

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### Has anyone read/debunked Yessenin-Volpin–Hennix “Beware of the Gödel-Wette paradox”?

A student recently asked me about the status of a 2001 arXiv post, Beware of the Gödel-Wette paradox!, by Alexander Yessenin-Volpin (aka Esenin-Volpin and several other transliterations) and Catherine ...

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### Axiomatic ZFC Set Theory [closed]

Can the Axiom Schema of Comprehension be omitted from ZFC since it is implied by the Axiom Schema of Replacement?

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### types and elementary extensions [closed]

Let $\mathcal{M}$ and $\mathcal{N}$ be two $\mathcal{L}$-structures and suppose that for n-tupls $\bar{a}\in M^n$ and $\bar{b}\in N^n$,
$tp^\mathcal{M}(\bar{a})=tp^\mathcal{N}(\bar{b})$ where ...

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### A question on rank-to-rank embeddings

Consider a non-trivial elementary embedding $j:V_\lambda\to V_\lambda$ and, for each $A\subset V_\lambda$, set $j(A)=\bigcup_{\delta<\lambda}j(A\cap V_\delta)$.
In Implications between strong ...

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### The Set-Theoretic Multiverse and Joint Embeddings

I am curious whether or not the following axiom is independent of Hamkins's axioms for the Set-Theoretic Multiverse. Hamkins's axioms can be found here on pages 1-2 and here on pages 24-26.
Consider ...

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### Cardinal characteristics without choice

(I'm taking my definition of a cardinal characteristic from Blass' excellent article http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~ablass/need.pdf, which cites Vojtas/Fremlin/Miller; theirs is more general, but I'm ...

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### Is there a notion analogous to separability but requiring definable rather than countable sets?

Among models of $\lambda$-calculus, some like the Bohm tree model have the property that every element is a directed sup of definable elements, whereas others like the $D_\infty$ and $P(\omega)$ ...

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### Where is the Erdős–Rado theorem stated in Erdős and Rado's Bull AMS paper?

This may be inappropriate for MO, but here goes: if I have understood the statement of the Erdős–Rado theorem correctly, then it contains as a special case the following result:
if $\mu$ is ...

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### Is it consistent that $\frak{d} < 2^{\aleph_0}$?

Let $\omega^\omega$ denote the set of all functions $f:\omega\to\omega$. We write $f <^* g$ if there is $N\in\omega$ such that $f(n) < g(n)$ for all $n>N$. A set $D\subseteq \omega^\omega$ is ...

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### Sierpinski's construction of a non-measurable set

In the early 20th century there was a lot of fuss over the axiom of choice implying that there are Lebesgue non-measurable sets of reals. In his book about The Axiom of Choice, Gregory Moore points to ...

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### Application of the Riemann hypothesis and the ABC conjecture to independence results

In Old Home Page of Andreas Weiermann Andreas Weiermann has stated the following:
Quite recently I submitted a preprint about an application of the Riemann hypothesis and the ABC conjecture to ...

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### When does Skolemization require the axiom of choice?

Skolemization is often used for eliminating existential quantifiers, which is often useful for proving theorems, especially in automated resolution theorem proving. Skolemization in first order ...

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### Existence of internal toposes/inner models in a topos

It has been known for some time that one can define a topos as a model of a (finitary) essentially algebraic theory (or in other words, can be defined internal to any category with finite limits). In ...

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### Producing finite objects by forcing!

It is a trivial fact that forcing can not produce finite sets of ground model objects. However there are situations,
where we can use forcing to prove the existence of finite objects with some ...

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### Existential statement without witness

Are there existential theorems of ZFC, or PA say, with no witnesses?
Ie does there exist a formula $\phi$ such that ZFC $\vdash\exists x \phi(x)$, but for all numerals $\underline{n}$, ZFC $\nvdash ...

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### A question on recursion and transfinite recursion in extensions of KP

Is the $\Sigma_{n}$-recursion supported by $\Sigma_{n}KP=KP+\Sigma_{n}$-separation + $\Sigma_{n}$-collection equivalent with $\Sigma_{n}$ transfinite recursion? If not, how do these notions differ?

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### TCAs (total combinatory algebras) with oracles

Is there a natural, non-trivial example of a TCA (total combinatory algebra, cf. pca) with a natural notion of an oracle?

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### Does a left basis imply a right basis, without AC?

If $_DV_D$ is a $D$-$D$-bimodule, and we have a $D$-basis for $V_D$, do we still need AC to get a $D$-basis for $_DV$?
(The original question appears below. But this shorter question gets at the ...

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### Decidability of Frankl's union-closed sets conjecture

Is it conceivable that Frankl's union closed sets conjecture is undecidable in $\mathsf{ZFC}$, or is this quite implausible, perhaps due to the "finitistic" nature of the statement, or for some other ...

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### Formal languages with non-unique interpretations of terms

In mathematical logic and model theory, one considers interpretations of syntactic expressions: terms without free variables are interpreted as elements of some structure, formulas without free ...

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### Wolfram's axiom completeness

I have been reading Wolfram's A New Kind of Science, and as I was reading the section on systems of logic and axioms, I came across this axiom, for which all of the normal axioms of Boolean logic can ...

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### Is below every cohesive set a 1-generic?

A set $X$ is called cohesive for $(R_i)_{i\in \mathbb{N}}$ if it is infinite and for each $i$ we have $X\subseteq^* R_i$ or $X\subseteq^* \overline{R_i}$. (Where $X\subseteq^*Y$ means that $X$ is ...

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### Base change in homotopy type theory

Recall that with the internal language of 1-toposes, we have the nice, basic, and useful result that geometric sequents are stable under base change along geometric morphisms: If $\varphi$ and $\psi$ ...

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### When can we reach a real by forcing?

I'm sure this is well-known, but: suppose I have a non-constructible real $r\in V-L$. Under what conditions is there a poset $\mathbb{P}\in L$ and a $G$ which is $\mathbb{P}$-generic over $L$, such ...

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### A question on recursion in Kripke-Platek set theory with infinity and $\Sigma_{3}$-separation and $\Sigma_3$-collection

$\Sigma_{3}KP\omega$ be Kripke-Platek set theory with infinity and $\Sigma_{3}$-separation and $\Sigma_3$-collection. What strengthening of Barwise's Definition by $\Sigma$ Recursion (Theorem 6.4 on ...

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### Busy beaver function vs low Turing degrees

Let $BB(n)$ denote busy beaver function. It's well known that $BB(n)$ dominates all computable functions (I'm quite certain it includes partial computable functions too). However, I was wondering if ...

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### Is it possible to define higher cardinal arithmetics

In number theory there are several operators like addition, multiplication and exponentiation defined from $\omega\times\omega$ to $\omega$. Each of them is defined as an ...

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### Relation between Turing degrees and functions computable with them

Suppose $A<_T B$ ($A$ is a set computable from $B$ but not vice versa). Is it always the case that there exists a $B$-computable function which eventually outgrows all $A$-computable functions?
Of ...

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### Von Neumann's consistency proof

In the paper Zur Hilbertschen Beweistheorie, John Von Neumann has proposed a consistency proof for
a fragment of first-order arithmetic (the fragment without induction and with
the successor axioms ...

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### Can a parent and child node have the same type in a well-founded digraph tree?

$\newcommand\toward{\rightharpoonup}$It would help me to
understand something in a current research project if someone
could provide an example of directed graph $\langle
G,\toward\rangle$ with the ...

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### Can an algorithm decide whether a program computes all strings? [closed]

I am interested in the type of program, which is given as input to a Universal Turing Machine (UTM) with language $L$, and for which it holds that every possible finite string $s$ of symbols in $L$ ...

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### A question on the size of an admissible ordinal

Let $\mathbf{L}_{\varsigma}$ be the level of ordinal $\varsigma$ of Gödel's constructible universe $\mathbf{L}$. Let $\Sigma_{3}$-KP be Kripke-Platek set theory with infinity and ...

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### An axiomatic system with a set of constants that form a complete ordered field [closed]

I am developing a ZFC axiomatic system where together with the empty set, there is a singular (and huge) set of constants that are themselves sets and form a complete ordered field (cof) these ...

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### Peano arithmetic vs. fast-growing hierarchy with pathological fundamental sequences

Fundamental sequence for a countable limit ordinal $\alpha$ is an increasing sequence $\{\alpha[i]\}$ of ordinals of length $\omega$ such that $\lim_{i\rightarrow\omega}\alpha[i]=\alpha$. There are ...

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### Is there a nonstandard model of arithmetic having precisely one inductive truth predicate?

$\newcommand\Tr{\text{Tr}}$My question is whether there can be a nonstandard model of PA having a unique inductive truth predicate.
Background. If $\mathcal{N}=\langle N,+,\cdot,0,1,<\rangle$ is ...

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### How to formalize “Is there a proof for every instance of the halting problem?”? [closed]

In a previous question that I asked here it turned out that for every instance of the halting problem, being the matter whether a certain computer program halts or runs forever, there exists a ...

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### Is there a consistent theory for each instance of the halting problem?

I got a bit confused by a discussion about the provability of the Goldbach conjecture and the seemingly different opinions about this subject. Since I understand computer science better, I will ask my ...

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### Extensionality in HoTT versus extensionality in internal language of a category

What's the extension of judgmental identity in HoTT (homotopy type theory)?
The Martin-Löf intensional dependent type theory with identity types is called (definitionally) extensional if the ...

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### Natural examples of Reverse Mathematics outside classical analysis?

Harvey Friedman at the 1974 ICM motivated Reverse Mathematics by the
following statement:
When the theorem is proved from the right axioms, the axioms can be proved
from the theorem.
Reverse ...

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### Self-similarity for simple algebraic structures [closed]

I'm doing this thread because I have some ideas about how to define self-similarity in algebra, but I don't know if this is known at all. Any critics, comments and references are more than welcomed. ...

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### Difference between ZFC and ZF+GCH

I hear that the axiom of choice (AC) derives from
The generalized continuum hypothesis(GCH).
And also hear that both AC and GCH are independent of
Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory(ZF).
So, I'm just ...

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### A Question related to the Formula Hierarchy

Let large Latin symbols as $X$ and $Y$ denote sets of natural numbers and small symbols as $n$ and $n´$ denote natural numbers and small Greek letters stand for formulas.
Suppose $\alpha$ is ...

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### Concept of synchronizability

This thread is about the concept of synchronizability. It's a concept I tried to formalize in its most general sense but without success. The goal of this thread is therefore to try to formalize it in ...

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### Decidability of decidability

The questions I'm going to ask are non formal because they concern decidability of decidability, and I couldn't find any references on that after some quick searches. I hope that this thread is still ...

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### System of boolean equations, Satisfiability

Are there any methods to "solve" large systems of boolean equations?
$$x_{i1}\vee x_{i2}\vee x_{i3} = b_i, \quad\text{for}\quad i=1,\dots,N,$$
where $x_i, b_i \in\{0, 1\}$
For example
$$x_{1}\vee ...

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### Does Nelson try to prove PA inconsistent directly?

Edward Nelson is known for his serious attempts to show that Peano axioms, and sometimes even weaker theories, are inconsistent. I wasn't able to find Nelson's papers anywhere, so I wanted to ask a ...