A person-less variant of the Bernadete paradox

Before looking at the person-less variant of the Bernedete paradox, lets review the original: Imagine that Alice is walking towards a point – call it A – and will continue walking past A unless
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Before looking at the person-less variant of the Bernadete paradox, lets review the original: Imagine that Alice is walking towards a point – call it A – and will continue walking past A unless something prevents her from progressing further. There is also an infinite series of gods, which we shall call G1, G2, G3, and so on. Each god in the series intends to erect a magical barrier preventing Alice from progressing further if Alice reaches a certain point (and each god will do nothing otherwise): (1) G1 will erect a barrier at exactly ½ meter past A if Alice reaches that point. (2) G2 will erect a barrier at exactly ¼ meter past A if Alice reaches that point. (3) G3 will erect a barrier at exactly 1/8 meter past A if Alice reaches that point. And so on. Note that the possible barriers get arbitrarily close to A. Now, what happens when Alice approaches A? Alice’s forward progress will be mysteriously halted at A, but no barriers will have been erected by any of the gods, and so there. . .

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