Address each of the following points separately and completely, without diverging to arguments against other theories and without any hokus pokus:

Ok, the earth is accelerating in a linear path, correct?

The earth is accelerating at roughly 9.8 m/ss, correct?

The speed of light is roughly 3x10^8m/s, correct?

If you're up to the enormous challenge, do the math. That means that within about one year (assuming you agree a year is about 365 days) the earth is rocketing through space (or chocolate frosting or whatever it is you believe is outside the earth) at speeds greater than the speed of light!!!

Nope. Here's why.

Yes, Earth is constantly accelerating at 9.8m/s/s- from

*some* frames of reference. Yet as viewed by other observers, Earth is approaching the speed of light- and as an object approaches

*c*, a constant force will no longer yield a constant acceleration. As velocity increases near lightspeed, mass increases as well (indeed mass increases with velocity even at very low speeds, but the effect is so small as to be negligible until you get to significant fractions of

*c*), and a constant force applied to an increasing mass will yield a decreasing acceleration. So to observers

*relative to whom* the Earth's velocity is near lightspeed, Earth will no longer have a constant acceleration, but a decreasing one. Thus, you might think that as that acceleration decreases, our feeling of gravity would likewise decrease. But it won't.

Imagine you fall off a tall mountain on Earth. The Earth will accelerate up towards you. At first, Earth's velocity relative to you will be very low, nowhere near lightspeed. Since Earth will not be traveling near lightspeed relative to you, the constant force applied to it will appear, from your perspective, to still be accelerating the Earth at a constant rate- 9.8m/s/s. Yet Earth can at the same time be moving extremely quickly, near lightspeed, relative to other observers, so from THEIR perspective Earth's acceleration will in fact be decreasing. It sounds like a paradox, but it is perfectly legitimate within the framework of relativity.