i have long been a skeptic of hawking radiation. i would like to explore my concerns, and see what your reaction is. the concept hinges around the idea of a spontaneous particle pair being created somewhere near the EH of a BH. radiation would occur if one of the particles manages to escape falling into the BH, while the other does not escape. further, the particle which does not escape, MUST be a negative energy particle. (i will not attempt to deal with the "negative energy" aspect of the problem here, since i do not understand what negative energy, being measured at infinity, can mean... it seems like the question would be, does it have negative energy in relation to the BH, which i do no see how it can - but, again, i will avoid that confusion here.) when a spontaneous particle pair is created, the two particles (particle and anti-particle) must essentially share the same momentum and velocity, traveling basically side-by side for a period of time less than allowed by the HUP, and then combine and annihilate. is that correct? for all practical purposes, then, you have essentially two particles with essetially the same characteristics as far as the BH is concerned - two particles which have identical mass/energy (though one is anti), same velocity/momentum, same position in spacetime in realtion to the BH, and both near the EH of a BH. anywhere near the EH of a BH, a particle would need to have a near-C speed to allow it ANY possibility of escaping the gravity fo the BH. if, indeed, spontaneous particle pairs can possibly be created with near-C speeds, by what mechanism could one escape while the other does not? if particle pairs are not created with near-C speed, by what mechanism could one possibly escape while the other does not? it seems to me that, given the near-identical characteristics of particle pairs mentioned above, if one escapes so will the other, and if one is close enough to the EH to be affected, so would the other - because the differences in their location, speed, momentum, etc are insignificant in relation to the gravitational field of the BH. yes, i understand that my argument here is somewhat specious and based on a lack of knowledge about many things. please explain to me where i am misunderstanding this. thanks.