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Apr 22, 2016

Stephen Hawking: “History and memories could be illusions” because of black holes

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Welcome to our imaginary existential nightmare…


Stephen Hawking recently discussed black holes and the often contradictory properties associated with them during a lecture at Harvard. The Harvard Gazette said recently that Hawking specifically explained that, if information is really lost in black holes, then we will have been misunderstanding not only black holes, but the science of determinism, for the last 200 years.

Hawking said that particles that fall into a black hole “can’t just emerge when the black hole disappears.” Instead, “the particles that come out of a black hole seem to be completely random and bear no relation to what fell in. It appears that the information about what fell in is lost, apart from the total amount of mass and the amount of rotation.”

To put that more simply, it’s like someone shooting a basketball into a hoop and, instead of the ball coming out of the basket, something totally different comes out. But that’s not what Hawking is concerned about – he’s more concerned with the fact that the basketball – or information – seems to vanish altogether.

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  • Bennie Beaver on April 23, 2016 9:33 am

    If the universe is infinite until it is not, then the information fell into the black hole, but then, it didn’t, and it continue on to the end of time; though inclusively it had ended, which is simultaneous with a new beginning, continuing again in a infinite number of possibilities, including the original information.

    There is plenty of time in an infinite universe for “never aware (knowing) an ending” even though time ended simultaneous with a new beginning. It’s as if you (or information) could live for ever as far as you know, but still end simultaneous with a new beginning. Yes, to feel you lived forever, but never knowing you/information ended! That is an ultimate wondrous otherly gain from seeking knowledge…Utopia, nirvana. The end! The beginning! The end.….…..