#1 Is gravity a force? If it is not, can it be described as the geometrical structure of spacetime? #2 Do gravitational fields "compete" with each other? Okay, here's what I mean by that. The sun has its gravity and the earth has its gravity. From my understanding, I'm standing upright on earth (attached to the earth's surface) because I'm in a gravitation field (earth's) and space is pushing me down. If I hop on a broomstick and accelerate into outer-space, towards the sun, is there a point at which I will no longer be drawn in by the earth's gravity and will be gravitating towards the sun? Perhaps a better way of asking this is: Is there a middle point, perhaps calculated by Einstein's Field Equations, that says I will be tugged in both directions (towards the sun and towards the earth--stuck between gravitational fields) if I'm in outer-space? #3 Are Einstein's theories of relativity showing us that what is of greater significance is not what is relative but what isn't relative? Examples: constants that define the universe, laws of physics, speed of light, my birth, scalar fields, etc.? #4 True or false: Gravity and acceleration are locally indistinguishable. If that is the case, under what conditions are gravity and acceleration not equivalent? #5 If an object is in freefall, are all other objects around it in freefall? #6 Are Einstein's relativity theories essentially saying that the only things that are real are things that don't depend on point of view? Or, in other words, if any phenomenoa is made up of both magnitude and direction and is dependent upon a frame of reference, does that suggest, in some sense, that it's not real? #7 Is tidal force (gravity) the "force" people think of when they think of gravitational "force"? #8 Is this essentially the "take-home" point of general relativity: The presence of mass and energy changes the geometry of spacetime to be a curved spacetime, and objects not subjected to forces move in the straighest possible path in curved spacetime. If any of my questions are inappropriate, I want to apologize in advance. I've done some studying on General Relativity and I'm trying my hardest to understand it, without having any kind of scientific background. I've been watching some tapes made by Richard Wolfson, and that's where some of my questions stem from. Thank you for your time.