Black Holes ala Motion in a Matrix
The Motion in a Matrix model* for the universe has a very simple explanation for "Black Holes." In the model, mass and energy can be considered as two manifestations of the degree of involvement of the matrix, with mass being associated with the point-centered involvement and energy with motion of that point-centered involvement along a vector. The speed with which this total involvement can move along any given vector is the speed of light. When this involvement, one may call it a vortex or vortex cluster, mass, object, or any other convenient name, reaches the maximum velocity of the speed of light along any given vector, interactions which would usually increase its velocity along that vector increase its "mass."
[This is, in a sense predicted by something which seems to have nothing to do with matrix/motion ideas. The momentum equation, p=mv , can be taken as defining the momentary change of either velocity with respect to time, or mass with respect to time, and "integrated" in either way to give an expression for energy, "E." The usual integration gives the familiar Kinetic Energy formula, KE=1/2 mv^2. The other solution gives an equally valid, "E"=1/2 vm^2, which apparently is unnamed, so we will call it by contrast, "Static Energy." We can say, "It appears that if Kinetic Energy reaches its limit, Static Energy will be increased instead." The would be the same as saying, "If velocity cannot increase, the mass will."]
A Black Hole, then, by the Motion in a Matrix view is simply any object moving at the maximum velocity along any vector in the matrix. In collisions any interaction that would normally increase its velocity increases its mass. Disturbances related to this interaction are electromagnetic radiation. As the velocity along the vector is such that no light will pass through the object and the object will "flat line" all emissions that it emits behind it, it will be detectable to anything lying along its vector only by the slower disturbances that it causes.
In this view, the idea of an object that causes such a gravitational sink that even light is trapped is conceptually akin to the complex mathematics which can be developed if one insists on an Earth Centered Universe, i.e, the explanation is too complicated if there be a simpler explanation.
The writer, in other papers, before the development of "Motion in a Matrix," has stated his opinion that faster than light travel might be possible if one accelerated an object to the speed of light along a vector from an external source and then "kicked in an internal engine." It appears from the above discussion that what would be created would not only be the expected "black hole" from light blockage but that the mass of the object we were trying to accelerate would simply increase while the velocity along the vector would remain "c."
*See Motion in a matrix... by this same writer.
Post Script: This is being added several months after the original article. Theories in science evolve and change. "Motion in a Matrix" theory has evolved into a different view known now as "Oscillator/Substance" theory which even has a Google Group, "Oscillator/Substance Theory." Posted there are a different view of what a Black Hole may be. The argument above is valid for Motion in a Matrix ideas. For the Oscillator/Substance view, check out