second law of thermodynamics and black holes ?!! I am having a hard time thinking about the perservation of the second law of thermodynamics in black holes. If we throw a mass that have some level of disorder (entropy) into a black hole, it will disappear and that will appear to us as violating the second law of thermodynamics (entropy can only increase or at least remains constant in an adiabatic reversible process). yet some said (I think Hawking was one of them) that when B.H absorbs mass its area will increase and that is an indication that entropy is preserved inside a B.H. I have no problem accepting that, however, what if a B.H evaporates ? does that imply that entropy dicreased in our universe? can the second law of thermodynamics cease to be valid in B.Hs ?