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    Waiting at thraffic lights, or sitting at the window seat of one train looking into another parked train, when---all hell breaks loose. My foot hits the brakes of my stationary car with such force, my hands clutching the steering wheel in a white knuckle grip, head spinning!!! Same in the parked trains, gripping the seats and lurching forwards. Stomach churning. Wot Visual disturbance has caused this and why? Maybe its a by-product of day-dreaming, and suddenly becoming aware of movement, but why?? westwind.


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    If we see movement of an adjacent object we may misinterpret this a as movement of ourselves. We react accordingly. Surely this was known to you since you were a child? If not, please pay more attention.


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    Same thing can happen if you vague out while sitting in the car wash. It's about not maintaining 'correct' visual alignment.

    Though this phenomenon can be serious fun if it's impossible to maintain visual alignment and perspective with the horizon.

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    It is relativity in action!
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    For all my Posts. But why would Nature, Biological Nature in my case anyway, have made this slip up possible? Surely this must be an imperfection of human perception? O a failing of being able to correctly not experience this perception of movement which is non-existance. What mutation or selection of the fittest would leave in this potentionally dangerous dilusion, serving as I don't see it, no useful purpose? For John Galt. When I was a child I used to get inside old truck tyres and the other kids would bowl me down a hill. I now see everything in the 8th Dimension, 360 degrees. westwind.
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    While backing my little truck into a narrow space, I had stopped, meanwhile, the semi truck and trailor next to me was pulling out, and i damned near pushed the brake pedal through the floorboards. Perspective/ relativity/ and blind panic. (behind me was a kerosene tank which I really did not want to hit)
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