on the nature of black holes

prologue  -   black holes are places where stars once were which seem to 

                     contract into what is known as a singularity, a single point of
                     zero volume and near infinite mass, from which not even light

                     can escape.  there are many black holes throughout the

                     observable universe.  Physicist  Stephen Hawking and others
                     have noted that, in accordance with Einstein's theory of

                     relativity, time itself would be measured differently from within

                     the event horizon of a black hole as compared to without.  This
                     is famously illustrated by Hawking ( in A Brief History of Time )

                     with the hypothetical astronaut on the surface of a collapsing

                     star, which becomes a black hole at exactly  11:00:00

                     according to the time of the astronaut.  A signal is sent every

                     second from the astronaut to an orbiting spaceship, which
                     receives the 10:59:58 and 10:59:59 signals but, according to 

                     Hawking, " would have to wait forever for the 11:00:00 signal."

                     Furthermore,  Hawking writes  " The light waves emitted from

                     the surface of the star between 10:59:59  and 11:00:00, by the

                     astronaut's watch, would be spread out over an infinite period

                     of time, as seen from the spaceship."

   Acte  I  -   not so infinite

                It is here that i diverge from Hawking in his use of the words

                     " forever "  and  " infinite period of time "  in the above
                     quotations.  In its place, I would put  " an extremely long but

                     finite period of time " :  extremely long, measured not only in

                     reference to the human lifespan, but in the amount of time

                     which has elapsed from the big bang event to the present.  

                     A finite period of time which would end with the "end" of this

                     Universe.  To explain, let us travel to the " great collapse ".

  Acte  II  -   the great collapse mirrors the big bang

                Imagine for a moment that the Universe would end in an exact

                     mirror image of how it began, that as the Universe exploded

                     into being with the Big Bang Event  ( from a singularity, of

                     infinite density and zero volume ), so too would the Universe

                     contract at the end of Time into a singularity of infinite density

                     and zero Volume.  If this occurred, there would be no "forever"

                     and no "infinite period of time" with regards to the spaceship;

                     that is, the Universe would exist for an extremely long but

                     finite period of Time.  Thus, if the spaceship waited long 

                     enough, they would (finally) receive the 11:00 signal from the 

                     astronaut at the end of Time  (although here they would be

                     joining the astronaut in contracting down to a singularity,

                     which would make it difficult for them to observe it!)

                    The prevailing notion within the modern physics community

                    ( in 2012 ) is that the Universe, having started from an 

                    infinitesimally small point of infinite density, will go on 

                    expanding forever ;  the theory that the Universe will end in a

                    singularity is not new, but is currently out of vogue within the

                    physics community.  I wish to put forth as a first principle that

                    the universe will in fact end in a singularity as it began, and that

                    a Great Collapse Event (at the end of Time) will join the Big Bang

                    in bookending the extremities of Time as we experience it.  I
                    submit that black holes everywhere are subtle "proofs" of this

                    first principle. 

  Acte  III  -  the black hole equals the great collapse

               Going back to our fearless astronaut and her spaceship, 

                    imagine that the spaceship is programmed to take a photograph

                    each day of the astronaut and the black hole, or sun becoming
                    a black hole, until the end of Time, (and the exact moment 

                    when everything in the Universe is crunched down into a 

                    singularity).  Now imagine that all these photographs are put

                    together in time lapse fashion and then ( here's the extreme

                    part )  condensed into one second  ( so that everything between

                    the 10:59:59 signal from the astronaut and the end of Time is

                    shown to an observer outside of this Universe as a single

                    second of Time as we reckon it).  This extremely condensed one

                    second time lapse video would in effect be what the astronaut

                    is experiencing time-wise as her watch signals from 10:59:59

                    to 11:00:00.  This is because, going with the arbitrary time

                    values of Hawking's spaceship example, the astronaut, in one

                    second of her time  ( in becoming one with the black hole from

                    10:59:59 to 11:00:00 ) would be journeying directly to the 

                    singularity at the end of Time.  The great secret (and the second

                    principle of this theory) is that the singularity of this black hole

                    is the exact same singularity as the singularity ( of infinite

                    density and zero volume) found at the end of the Great Collapse

                    event  ( and the condensing of the entire Universe into a

                    singularity ).  Furthermore, EVERY black hole in the Universe

                    houses in its center this exact same singularity in distant time

                    future when the Great Collapse occurs.  Thus, every black hole

                    is as a one-way ticket to the Great Collapse Event at the end of

                    this Universe, of as a direct conduit to the end of Time  ( as it

                    pertains to this Universe).  Step into a black hole and the

                    particles that are you will be transported directly to the 

                    singularity that will end the Universe.  Put another way, if you

                    gathered eight of your closest friends, and each of you entered

                    into nine different black holes scattered across the universe,

                    you would all be reunited, in the twinkling of an eye, at the

                    singularity at the end of  Time ( although the atoms that are

                    "you" and "they" would be atoms no longer, but light and pure

                    Energy,  and thus in the poetic sense all would become

                    "enlightened").  Black holes are thus as time machines, all

                    converging on that same point in time future, that moment

                    when the astronaut's signal of 11:00:00 finally reaches the

                    spaceship, with the Great Collapse Event and the end of Time

                    simultaneously occurring ( at 11:00:00 ).  Black holes are as

                    spokes on a great Wheel ;  we walk along the rim of the wheel,

                    while the black hole cuts directly, like the spoke, to the center

                    of the wheel, where all spokes converge and all black holes

                    empty  ( at the end of the Universe).