I was pondering on a question that resides at the line between philosophy and physics: are matter and spacetime interdependent?

Obviously, stuff cannot exist/happen it there is nowhere/when for it to be, but can a time and place exist if there is nothing to occupy it? Do events/matter create the spacetime that they occupy just as much as the time and place that they occupy creates and encompasses them?

And what if that relationship ends at the wait horizon of a black hole? We are fairly confident that gravity pulls stuff in and squeezes if down, in high enough strength, to its election degeneracy pressure, and then to its, whatever, hadron degeneracy pressure, but what happens beyond that in unclear, because that math kind of breaks down a lot.

My question is, what if there is a spacetime degeneracy pressure that prevails beyond the event horizon that prevents anything from even being in there? What if a black hole is in fact a genuine hole in spacetime, with nothing in it because there is nowhere for anything to be in there?

If my idea is completely nonsensical, there should be a way to demonstrate that the gravity well of a black hole would be different from what we have observed if there is no interior mass. If all the effective mass of a black hole exists solely at as the shell of real-world material at the event horizon, how would its gravity well look different?

All spherically-symmetric mass distributions look identical, from the outside. This is true in Newtonian gravity, and continues to be true in GR. In fact, that’s how black holes were discovered: We first found what the geometry was like outside of a spherically-symmetric mass like the Sun, and then extrapolated that down to the center.

There are some models in which the mass of a black hole isn’t compressed to a single point at the center, including some where it’s all right at the horizon. But the models with all of the mass right at the horizon are widely regarded as unrealistic, because they would require exotic physics of which we don’t have any hint, but spacetime at the horizon of a black hole should be quite unremarkable. Models with all of the mass in a very small (but finite) concentration very close to the center are considered much more plausible, because those still require exotic physics we don’t have a clue of, but there, conditions would be extreme enough that exotic physics would come as no surprise.

Another point of note is that our everyday concept of “nothing” is not the same as the quantum physics idea, which essentially says there cannot be such a thing. QM says that all of space is pervaded by fields that correspond to the fundamental particles (up quarks, down quarks, and electrons) plus the Higgs field. And according to the Heisenberg uncertainly principle, these fields can never be exactly zero. Consequently perturbations in these fields can bring particles and anti-particles into existence for brief periods before they annihilate each other. IOW, “empty” space is a pretty busy place.

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I am a fan of gauge theory. I picture matter in terms of multi-gauge “plaquette frustrations”, so of field twists, which could account for quantum gravity, as one might imagine torque on the gauge lattices from the twisting resulting in tensional spacetime distortion.

But what happens inside a black hole could be such a complete distortion that the gauge lattices are no longer geometric in a way that does not correlate to any math that works on this side. Or, the forces completely tear the lattices apart and leave an absence of spacetime.

I just find it hard to accept that the math we use inside reality can be extrapolated beyond the measurable edges of the reality in which it works.

I’ve never quite understood the objection to gravitational singularities. So what if you have infinite matter density? An electron has infinite charge density and no one objects to that. One thing we learn from quantum mechanics is that certain properties, like spin, can be intrinsic–there’s no way to explain them as coming from some kind of internal structure. They are just a number that you associate with a point particle. Seems like mass can be handled the same way. And under high enough gravitation, extrinsic mass can be converted to intrinsic as it gets squeezed together.

If spacetime were totally smooth all the way down, then you’d run into a problem that you have an infinite gravitational potential–a thing would gain infinite kinetic energy as it approaches the singularity. But if spacetime is granular, that’s no longer a big deal.

Here’s my current thoughts, which I don’t claim to be correct, but I think would make for an interesting take on the fundamental nature of reality.

Let’s say the universe started off as a black hole. Rather than a point singularity, it consists / consisted of a rotating ring that began to expand, making our universe donut shaped and solving the problem of how we can have a universe that is both finite and lacking an edge. From what I understand the size of the observable universe is in fact very close to what the Schwarzschild radius would be for a black hole with the mass of our universe, so it doesn’t seem completely unreasonable to propose this. In addition, dark energy could be the “pure energy” resulting from the matter in the parent universe getting sucked into our black hole universe. It goes in as regular matter over there and comes out as dark energy over here.

Again, just a WAG and I don’t have the math chops to do any of the actual calculations, but it does seem to me like it would make for an interesting hypothesis of existence.