Could the inexorable force pulling you down, have anything to do with magnetism? The earths magnetic field effecting our brain waves?
That's gravity not magnetism and the sensation or feeling is not one of being attracted to the ground by an external force but a notion of taking a leap into the free air.
Now I have heard of something in the news recently called transcranial magnetic stimulation which uses an electromagnetic field to induce a low level electrical current in the brain. However this requires a close proximity coil set up to target the field on the person and a specific brain region depending on what is being done, it would not occur by everyday exposure to Terra's field.
Monkey tree jumping does sound plausible but they are jumping from one tree to the next and not from one tree to off a cliff? The movement is across, rather than down!
The movement could be also down but the point is that whereas it was initially connected to short distances in a primitive ancestor it now manifests within us when faced with a precipice; cliff, building or bridge has nothing to do with it.
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