On 3/11/07, Mark Peaty <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

  SP: ' ... it could take a long time to get there ... '
> MP: But is that according to the time frame of the laughing devil who
> threw me in there and who remains safely out of reach of
> acceleration-induced time dilation, or my wailing ghost which/who's mind
> and sensoria will be ever more wonderfully concentrated on 'what it is
> like to be' a piece of spaghetti, unable to see anything except *the
> destination*?

I'm not the best person on this list to answser, but I think the tidal
forces as you pass the event horizon of a very massive black hole would not
be enough to destroy you, since tidal forces are proportional to M/r^3 while
the Schwarzschild radius is proportional to M. Tidal forces will increase as
you approach the singularity, which is inevitable once you pass the event
horizon, but the time for this to happen is proportional to M. This refers
to your time frame: for the devil who threw you in, it would appear that you
never reach the event horizon.

Stathis Papaioannou

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