The event horizon of life
Life’s event horizon (life horizon) has attracted much less mathematical interest compared to the event horizon of a black hole. The former, however, holds intriguing opportunities for further analyses. The point of no return in Physics is accompanied by a singularity, essentially an admission of ignorance. However, there are many interesting phenomena at or close to the event horizon that provides insights as to what may lie beneath.
One implication of the application of known Physics at the event horizon is that time stops for an external observer but not for the entity passing through it. If life horizon is analogous, one could argue that the “no drama,” conjecture at the horizon is true for it as well. That is to say, the entity traversing the life horizon will not notice anything special. For external observers, time essentially stops. Once beyond the horizon, the entity will rapidly move toward the singularity. Since we do not know much about the singularity, the question of what happens beyond remains open both in Physics and Life.
Another nagging question for the black hole event horizon is the information paradox. Since known Physics does not allow information to be destroyed, an entity moving through the horizon has to have a mechanism to pump information back to the universe. The Hawking radiation is postulated to radiate the black hole away in time without an opportunity to preserve information. This question is hotly debated with many intriguing possibilities including information being pasted on the surface of a black hole and that gives glimpses of a holographic universe. Analogously, at the life horizon, the departing entity needs a mechanism to conserve information (let’s label this knowledge to make a distinction from physical information). Thus, a mechanism is needed to pump knowledge back as the individual deteriorates into nothing over time.
The event horizon of life is at least as intriguing as the black hole event horizon.