A mathematician is making the extraordinary argument that you could survive a black hole, and have your past destroyed.
An absolutely stunned new report from scientists at the University of California at Berkeley indicates that a black hole would totally erase your past if you went into one. A mathematician at the university has found that while in the real world, you can calculate the future for time and space based on the past of how the universe began, in some types of black holes this law breaks down.
Instead, if someone were to somehow find their way into this black hole, they could theoretically survive, but their entire past would be completely gone, and they would have an infinite number of futures. It is the stuff of science fiction and raises all sorts of questions about the nature of existence itself.
While physicists have explored such extraordinary theories in the past, scientists have found ways to explain it away by saying that the person would first die of a horrible death before something liket hat could happen. But this mathematician argues that his calculations indicate some black holes allow for someone to survive the passage from a deterministic world into a non-deterministic black hole.
“In the real world, your past uniquely determines your future. If a physicist knows how the universe starts out, she can calculate its future for all time and all space,” reads the statement from the university. “But a UC Berkeley mathematician has found some types of black holes in which this law breaks down. If someone were to venture into one of these relatively benign black holes, they could survive, but their past would be obliterated and they could have an infinite number of possible futures.”