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  1. #1 Are we actually upside down? 
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    I have slightly changed my view on this topic: Akin to scientific (brain) and medical (heart) death, I firmly believe scientifically humans are upside down from space and medically we are right side up, because medically it is implied gravity is pulling downward to our feet (our blood and all else). Whereas scientifically, being largely object-oriented space is of greater importance and overpowers our planet. Our planet only exists inside of space.
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    Yep, it's silly...


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    The perception of "up", sensed by the vestibular system in the inner ear, is in the direction of acceleration.
    There are no paradoxes in relativity, just people's misunderstandings of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KJW View Post
    The perception of "up", sensed by the vestibular system in the inner ear, is in the direction of acceleration.
    I agree fully, our vestibular system is what primarily allows us to "feel" our spacial awareness and provides our sense of direction based on acceleration.

    Ah well
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    I get the impression you think the vestibular system isn't creating the down sensation, but only "translating" it from something else.
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    I discovered the perception of the vertical during my teenage years in an amusement park ride called "The Rotor". Basically, this is a rotating vertical cylinder in which the riders stick to the inner wall due to centrifugal force and friction. What I noticed during the ride was that the riders who were directly opposite me appeared to be above me. It was obvious to me that the vestibular system can't differentiate between centrifugal force and gravity, but what surprised me was that there is actually a perception of the vertical. It's not something we normally notice until unusual circumstances (such as an amusement park ride) forces us to notice.
    There are no paradoxes in relativity, just people's misunderstandings of it.
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