Black holes are often viewed as inescapable vortexes, but, in a recent talk at Harvard University, Stephen Hawking suggested they might be more like portals than prisons, reports the Boston Globe.
"Things can get out of a black hole, both from the outside and possibly through another universe," said Hawking.
Embracing the opportunity to use the forces as a metaphor for life, he also commented, "So if you feel you're in a black hole, don't give up. There's a way out."
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Of course what comes out of the other side of a black hole would unlikely resemble what went in.
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