Hello. I want to start off with a simple into. I have not been to any of the classes you have. I can not go to the classes you have. and I find it odd, that when I can I strive to understand the things you all talk about. but the equations and formula's you use are Greek to me. so please, keep in mind that I am a simple man. Ether help me or don't, but please do not burn me at the stake. I have questions that if I am to understand the concepts Mr Hawkins is talking about, I need to fill in some of the pieces. In relation to black holes. "nothing can escape" yet when "feeding" there are notable beams of energy from top and bottom. the beams are of gamma and other forms of energy. 1. If nothing can escape, why are the plumes there? 2. Do black holes rotate? or is it just the visual effect that man made up? 3. If a black hole does rotate, would not that have an effect on the space time fabric. (beyond the basic mass / warping of the space time) 4. I have no doubt that it has happened, it is happening now, and will happen again. when two stars come with in a gravitational pull of each other one or the other spits/ejects/is drawn from mass from it to the other star, it is "eaten" so to speak. When two black holes come with in reach, A. would one of them be "fed" from? (presuming one is higher mass) or would they just combine? B. would they spiral around until they collide? I would presume that the spiral effect would cause temporal waves as a body warps time and space. I have further questions, but wish to see if i get a response of if I'm just ignored. I have an idea that could allow us to puncture the membrane.