Stephen Hawking Claims Escape From Black Holes Possible

Famed Scientist Stephen Hawking has put forth a claim that it is possible to escape the certain death posed by a black hole.

According to a new theory posed by Stephen Hawking, escaping from a black hole is possible, although the individual may not be the same as when he or she entered.

“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up. There’s a way out.”

While speaking to the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, during the Hawking Radiation Conference, Hawking spoke about what happens when something is swallowed by a black hole, according to the Guardian. The situation is known as the information paradox, and has been scrutinized by theorists since black holes were discovered.

Past theories have stated that all information that is absorbed into a black hole would be forever lost, as if it never existed. However, the laws of thermodynamics relating to how the universe operates tells that the information cannot cease to exist, it has to go somewhere or be morphed into something else. Hawking has suggested that one of two things happens to the information. It is either changed into a hologram of itself and finds its place at the edge of the black hole, or it simply becomes transported to an alternate universe.

Hawking wrote on a KTH Royal Institute of Technology blog that traveling to an alternate universe is possible via a black hole, but not suggested, according to ABC News.

“The existence of alternative histories with black holes suggests this might be possible. The hole would need to be large and if it was rotating it might have a passage to another universe. But you couldn’t come back to our universe. So although I’m keen on space flight, I’m not going to try that.”

Although the possibility of traveling to an alternate universe is exciting, Hawking stated that his theory is to be used simply as a means of explaining the complexity of black holes and that they are not the matter-eating juggernauts they were once thought to be.

“The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly come out in another universe.”

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