What Happens to a Clock that Falls into a Black Hole?
We will never go to a black hole but let’s imagine if we did. But first, what is our concept of time?
Time is a measurement of motion, although most people think that time is more than just a measurement with a clock. They mistake the map for the territory. Let me explain.
Your Beating Heart
Photo of a Black Hole
If you measure that your heart beats 72 times per minute, the time of one minute is the duration of measuring your beating heart.
The measurement of 72 beats per minute is a number, but your beating heart is a physical thing and not a number.
Your heart has the power of motion, and the measurement of your heart’s activity is 72 beats per minute (time).
When you look at it this way, your heart is the power source that provides the motion.
Three things are happening at the same time. Your physical heart is your power source. Your heart is beating with your life force and the motion of your heart is being measured with a clock.
Our heart can beat at various speeds, giving us a variety of numbers per minute because the beating heart moves at different rates during stress or at rest.
Try to understand that time is a measurement of your beating heart, but it isn’t your heart. Time and motion are separate things.
Your Ticking Clock
A ticking clock can also show various speeds, just like your beating heart.
A clock can experience more or less gravity (stress), which makes a clock tick faster or slower. Gravity can change the speed of a clock’s ticking mechanism.
If a clock is falling into a black hole, three things are happening. The black hole is the source of power, the clock falls quickly into the black hole, and the clock is ticking.
If the clock’s speed approaches the speed of light, its mechanism can stop ticking, but the clock is still falling into the black hole (power source).
I hope you can see the difference between the measurement of motion (time) and the actual motion of falling.
The time showing on the clock can stop because its internal mechanism stops moving. But the physical clock keeps falling into the gravity of the black hole.
Falling into a black hole will stop the clock’s time, then destroy the clock, but the motion of falling into the black hole (power source) continues.
First, the measure of time stopped; next, the clock disappeared, but the black hole (power source) remains. I hope I have explained time and motion correctly as being different things.
Time can stop, but motion can’t stop. Let’s use your heart as an example. If the measurement of your beating heart slows down enough, you die.
If the measurement of motion in the universe stops, the universe ends. We live inside the universe’s motion (power source), and we live with our own power source (heart).
When either one of these power sources stops, our time ends.
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