Astronomy:Black Hole Initiative

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The Black Hole Initiative (BHI) is an interdisciplinary program at Harvard University that includes the fields of Astronomy, Physics and Philosophy, and is claimed to be the first center in the world to focus on the study of black holes.[1][2][3] Principal participants include Sheperd Doeleman, Peter Galison, Avi Loeb, Andrew Strominger and Shing-Tung Yau.[1] The BHI Inauguration was held on 18 April 2016 and was attended by Stephen Hawking;[4] related workshop events were held on 19 April 2016.[1] Robert Dijkgraaf created the mural for the BHI Inauguration.[5]

Black hole with corona and X-Ray source
(artist concept).
If determinism — the predictability of the universe — breaks down in black holes, it could break down in other situations. Even worse, if determinism breaks down, we can’t be sure of our past history either. The history books and our memories could just be illusions. It is the past that tells us who we are. Without it, we lose our identity.

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