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Inconsistent Countable Set.

Inconsistent Countable Set.

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Inconsistent countable set
Jaykov FoukzonIsrael Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel jaykovfoukzon@list.ru
Abstract
In this article we derived an importent example of the inconsistentcountable set. Main result is:
~
con
 ZFC 
-model
.
 
Keywords
Gödel encoding
 
Completion of 
 ZFC 
Russell's paradox
 
-model.
1.Introduction.
Let's remind that accordingly to naive set theory, any definable collection is a set. Let
 R
 be the set of all sets that are not members of themselves. If 
 R
qualifies as a member of itself, it would contradict its own definition as a set containing all sets that are not membersof themselves. On the other hand, if such a set is not a member of itself, it would qualify asa member of itself by the same definition. This contradiction is Russell's paradox. In 1908,two ways of avoiding the paradox were proposed, Russell's type theory and the Zermeloset theory, the first constructed axiomatic set theory. Zermelo's axioms went well beyondFrege's axioms of extensionality and unlimited set abstraction, and evolved into thenow-canonical Zermelo--Fraenkel set theory
ZFC.
 
"But how do we know that 
 ZFC 
 
is a consistent theory, free of contradictions? The short answer is that we don't; it is a matter of faith (or of skepticism)" 
--- E.Nelson wrote in paper [1]. However, it is deemed unlikely that
 ZFC 
harbors an unsuspected contradiction; it iswidely believed that if 
 ZFC 
were inconsistent, that fact would have been uncovered bynow. This much is certain ---
 Z
is immune to the classic paradoxes of naive settheory: Russell's paradox, the Burali-Forti paradox, and Cantor's paradox.Nevertheless it is easy to see that at level of metatheory
 ZFC 
is inconsistent and itguards. Let
be the countable collection of all sets
 X 
such that
 ZFC 
!
 X 
 X 
,
 where
 X 
is any 1-place open wff i.e.,
 
!
 X 
 X 

.
1.1
 Let
 X 
 ZFC 
be a predicate such that
 X 
 ZFC 
ZFC 
.
Let
be thecountable collection of all sets such that
 X
 ZFC 
 X 
.
1.2
 From (1.1) one obtain
 ZFC 
.
1.3
 But obviously this is a contradiction. However contradiction (1.3) it is not a contradictioninside
 ZFC 
for the reason that predicates
!
 X 
 X 
and
 X 
 ZFC 
 not is a predicates in
 ZFC 
and therefore countable collections
and
not is aset
s. Nevertheless by using Gödel encoding the above stated contradiction can be shipped
in special consistent completion of 
 ZFC 
.
 
Remark 1.1.
We note that in order to deduce
~
con
 ZFC 
from
con
 ZFC 
by using
Gödel encoding, one needs something more than the consistency of 
 ZFC 
, e.g., that
 ZFC 
has an omega-model i.e., a model in which the
integers are the standard integers.
Toput it another way, why should we believe a statement just because there's a
 ZFC 
-proof of it? It's clear that if 
 ZFC 
is inconsistent, then we won't believe
 ZFC 
-proofs. What'sslightly more subtle is that the mere consistency of 
 ZFC 
isn't quite enough to get us tobelieve arithmetical theorems of 
 ZFC 
;
we must also believe that these arithmeticaltheorems are asserting something about the standard naturals. It is "conceivable" that
 ZFC 
might be consistent but that the only models it has are those in which the integersare nonstandard, in which case we might not "believe" an arithmetical statement such as "
 ZFC 
is inconsistent" even if there is a
 ZFC 
-proof of it.We assume that: (i)
con
 ZFC 
,
(ii)
con
PA
-model
.
 Main result is:
~
con
 ZFC 
-
model
.
 
2.Inconsistent countable set derivation.
Let
Th
be some fixed, but unspecified, consistent formal theory. For later convenience, weassume that the encoding is done in some fixed formal theory
S
and that
Th
contains
S
.We
 
do not specify
S
--- it is usually taken to be a formal system of arithmetic, although a weakset theory is often more convenient. The sense in which
S
is contained in
Th
is better exemplified than explained: If 
S
is a formal system of arithmetic and
Th
is, say,
 ZFC 
,then
Th
contains
S
in the sense that there is a well-known embedding, or interpretation, of 
S
in
Th
.Since encoding is to take place in
S
, it will have to have a large supply of constantsand closed terms to be used as codes. (E.g. in formal arithmetic, one has
0
,
1
,... .)
S
 will also have certain function symbols to be described shortly.To each formula,
, of the language of 
Th
is assigned a closed term,
c
, called the code of 
. [N.B. If 
 x
is a formula with free variable
 x
,
then
 x

c
is a closed term encoding theformula
 x
with
 x
viewed as a syntactic object and not as a parameter.]Corresponding to the logical connectives and quantifiers are function symbols,
neg
,
imp
, etc., such that, for all formulae
,
:
 
S
 
 
neg

c
c
,
 
S
 
 
imp

c
,
c
 
 
c
etc. Of particular importance is the substitutionoperator, represented by the function symbol
sub
,
. For formulae
 x
, terms
 with codes
c
:
 
S
sub

 x

c
,
c

c
.
2.1
 It well known [3] that one can also encode derivations and have a binary relation
Prov
Th
 x
,
 y
(read "
 x
proves
 y
" or "
 x
is a proof of 
 y
") such that for closed
1
,
2
:
 
S
 
Prov
Th
1
,
2
iff 
1
is the code of a derivation in
Th
of the formula with code
2
. It follows that
Th
iff 
S
Prov
Th
,
c
2.2
 for some closed term
.
Thus one can define
Pr
Th
 y
 x
Prov
Th
 x
,
 y
,
2.3
 and and therefore one obtain a predicate asserting provability. We note that is not alwaysthe case that [3]:

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