“What is God after all? An eternal child playing an eternal game in an eternal garden.” ~ Sri Aurobindo
Einstein’s work had most scientists believing that physical information that ended up being sucked into black holes was lost forever, but then quantum mechanics came along and pronounced that information (matter) is impossible to destroy, as its nature is eternal. Thus the ‘information paradox’ was born. Stephen Hawking, the theoretical physicist and cosmologist, may have just solved this mysterious riddle.
Though a twelve-year-old just scored higher on a Mensa IQ test – higher than both Einstein AND Hawking, putting her in the top 1% of Mensa members – most of us don’t boast the type of genius that can figure out how information truly works in a holographic Universe, but that’s what Hawking’s theory suggests.
“I propose that the information is stored not in the interior of the black hole, as one might expect, but on its boundary, the event horizon,” Hawking said during a talk at the Hawking Radiation conference, which was held at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Hawking thinks the information never enters the black hole in the first place, but is stored in a two-dimensional hologram known as a ‘super translation’.
“The information about ingoing particles is returned, but in a chaotic and useless form,” Hawking said. “For all practical purposes, the information is lost.”
Is it though? Just because we don’t currently have the consciousness to figure out what that information might hold, it is possible that entire dialects and technological discoveries from other Universes is absorbed into the boundary between space and a black hole, also proposed as a type of wormhole by some, or a short cut through space-time, only to be retrieved later by an intelligence worthy of deciphering it. Kind of like God playing hide and seek.
In fact, with the discovery of Austrian physicist, Ludwig Flamm, in 1916, that a certain theoretical reversal of black holes could create what is known as a white hole, one acting as a vacuum, drawing in matter, the other, spewing it back out, it is highly possible that Hawking’s theory coupled with the dual nature of particles vs waves, makes for a very efficient way of storing information so that it is indeed eternal after all.
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