Saturday, July 17, 2004

Not so black after all

Stephen Hawking is set to present findings on black holes at the 17th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation in Dublin, Ireland, on July 21.

"A black hole only appears to form but later opens up and releases information about what fell inside. So we can be sure of the past and predict the future."

Hawking did not elaborate on the BBC program how the information could be extracted from the black hole.

Nor does he elaborate on the nature of the philosophical and practical consequences of the information extracted.

Is this where our futures lie? In the shreds that seep into the cosmos from out of the gaping abyss?

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