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comment How does a spinning object “know” that it is spinning?
@JDlugosz: When I was a child, we did an experiment in which I was blindfolded, sat in a chair, and spun around. I could tell that I was spinning, not because I was stressed, but because of the semicircular canals in my skull, near the ears. This is a real concern for airplane pilots - the human ear is easily fooled, and that can lead to fatal airplane crashes. In my original question, I assumed that I was the observer, however, in thinking about your comments, I think that a cybernetic observer would be better - less prone to illusion.
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asked How does a spinning object “know” that it is spinning?