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Black Hole Remnants and Classical vs. Quantum Gravity

Bokulich, Peter (2001) Black Hole Remnants and Classical vs. Quantum Gravity. [Preprint]

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    Belot, Earman, and Ruetsche (1999) dismiss the black hole remnant proposal as an inadequate response to the Hawking information loss paradox. I argue that their criticisms are misplaced and that, properly understood, remnants do offer a substantial reply to the argument against the possibility of unitary evolution in spacetimes that contain evaporating black holes. The key to understanding these proposals lies in recognizing that the question of where and how our current theories break down is at the heart of these debates in quantum gravity. I also argue that the controversial nature of assessing the limits of general relativity and quantum field theory illustrates the significance of attempts to establish the proper borders of our effective theories.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Infomation Loss Paradox Remnants Black Hole Unitary Evolution
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Peter Bokulich
    Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 99
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/99

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