Re: Another FSM comment!
"But the extra width cannot be for base physical reasons" is of course naive. If the FSM wants to adopt a base physical reason, who are we to argue?
Within the context of the extreme curvature of the relativistic Minkowski metric in the neigbourhood of a black hole, the following hypothesis occurs to me. In this region, it is well known that certain aspects of space begin to become timelike, while time begins to become spacelike. It is unarguable that a noodly appendage exists in time - the one that holds me down will last throughout my life. But let us suppose that it has no existence in physical (real) 3-space. Now bring it close to a black hole, causing its local Minkowski metric to rotate. Its spatial characteristic becomes partly timelike, which means to say that it now exists in space. Hence, we can now see it. But how come it still exists in time? I suspect that the partial rotation of the Minkowski metric causes the appendage to have a kind of partial or distributed existence in both space and time. Only when it reaches the central singularity will it completely disappear from time.
If this is true, then we have here a wonderful example of how a baffling mystery in classical space and time may be fully explained by moving to a relativistic model.
My, what was in that tea I just drank?