|Description: Axiom of bundling. The
general idea of this axiom is that two variables
are either distinct or non-distinct. That idea could be expressed as
. However, we instead choose an axiom
which has many of the same consequences, but which is different with
respect to a universe which contains only one object. holds
if and are the same variable,
likewise for and ,
holds if is distinct from
the others (and the universe has at least two objects).
As with other statements of the form "x is decidable (either true or
false)", this does not entail the full Law of the Excluded Middle
is the proposition that all statements are decidable), but instead merely
the assertion that particular kinds of statements are decidable (or in
this case, an assertion similar to decidability).
This axiom implies ax-i12 1441 as can be seen at axi12 1450. Whether ax-bndl 1442
can be proved from the remaining axioms including ax-i12 1441 is not known.
The reason we call this "bundling" is that a statement without a
variable constraint "bundles" together two statements, one in
two variables are the same and one in which they are different.
(Contributed by Mario Carneiro and Jim Kingdon,