Indeed Wolram, I expect he was wrong in some part of his reasoning (in July 2004 when he conceded the famous bet). His talk about BH information paradox at Dublin was not very convincing according to those reporting from the conference. It is OK for famous people to be wrong sometimes.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070227105134.htm
Was Hawking wrong?
This is only part of the article.
I think you may be talking about something else, Kea.Wolram, I believe that Hawking conceded defeat on this point (information conservation) some time ago.
Steve Hsu's conclusionsClassical thermodynamics states as its second principle that entropy is an always increasing function in a closed system—and the universe is an assumed closed system.
!!!! A NEW DEFINITION OF THE CLOSED SYSTEM (UNIVERSE) !!!!If information remains in the baby universe, the parent universe appears to evolve from a pure to mixed state, but the evolution of parent and baby together is unitary. There are no dire consequences, such as energy non-conservation.