Spiritual Atheist: Black Hole of Life

Posted: March 27, 2014 in Spirituality

Supermassive_black_holeWhen a star of a certain size comes to the end of its life, as all stars do, it explodes and ejects material. What remains is a much smaller object with gravity so great that it begins imploding till it becomes smaller and smaller, and for all intents and purposes, disappears into a point called a singularity. However, it doesn’t disappear out ofexistence. It retains its concentrated gravitational energy and becomes a black hole.

Thereafter, things that venture into its vicinity — be they any object, heavenly or otherwise — are pulled into it to vanish into the singularity. Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant physicists of our times, wasn’t happy with this scenario for the simple reason that when things vanish away like that, then all the information in them also vanishes. Information doesn’t go away forever so simply. Instead, he postulated, maybe black holes begin spewing things they’ve swallowed. Today it’s called Hawking radiation.

But if there’s anything in the known universe that can possess the most information in the least space — thanks to some 100 billion neurons — it’s the human brain inside our skulls. So, at the end of our lives, what happens to that info? Does it go into the void of nothingness for all eternity in a personalised mini black hole? One wonders if that scenario too sits well with professor Hawking.

 Or could it be that death also leaks? If we go by some Eastern belief systems, then perhaps karmic reincarnation could constitute something like that. If we go by other traditions, then the idea of apparitions and poltergeists might mean the same.

 

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