A Universe Set

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Wed Oct 4 06:16:01 CEST 2006

jordan.nick at gmail.com wrote:
> Has the addition of a Universe Set object ever been suggested.  Like U
> = set(0), so that any object was a member of U?  Maybe this gets into
> some crazy Cantorian stuff since U is in U.  But it seems like it would
> be useful and would have a nice symmetry with emptyset:set([]), that
> is:
> for any object a:
> "a in set([])" returns False
> "a in set(0)" returns True

  >>> class universe(object):
  ...   def __contains__(self, thing):
  ...     return True
  >>> U = universe()
  >>> 1 in U
  >>> None in U
  >>> U in U

Of course the last eexample shows that your implementation may need to 
change depending on how you view Russell's paradox ...

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