One day while Logical Bob was walking his dog through the park he overheard a man talking to a crowd of people about something that was up. Logical Bob decided to walk over and join the crowd. The man was saying something about looking up. Logical Bob had heard of this ridiculous concept of up before and was familiar with the obvious scam. The man finished his speech and asked were there any questions.
Everyone seemed excited and nobody asked any questions. Wanting to save these poor people from the obvious scam artist he raised his hand.
“You have a question friend?”, the man asked.
“Yes” said Logical Bob. ”
What exactly do you mean by saying we can look up?”
“Exactly that friend, we can look up and many people are looking up these days.”
“But there’s no such thing as an up” said Logical Bob.
“What ever do you mean?” asked the man.
“There is no “up”, only down. We’ve had a team of directional expert’s looking for up for a long time now and if there were such a direction they would have discovered it by now. There simply is no up anywhere to be found while looking down. This is a known scam!”.
“Where have they been looking?” asked the man.
“Everywhere. All over down. Even places deeper than normal people can search. You see they have developed special tools that allow them to go deeper and deeper and farther down than anyone has ever imagined and have by doing this discovered the origin of life. Seems there are layers of different types of sediment that they have determined are equal to the compounds found in the human body and that coincide with the layers of sediment. It’s fascinating stuff and they have ruled out the possibility of up years ago”.
The crowd was beginning to show signs of waking up from the hypnotic state the man had put them in when the man asked Logical Bob, “Have you ever questioned these experts about the possibility that they were simply looking in the wrong direction for up?”
“No, that would be silly”, said Logical Bob. That’s also illogical. Logically unless up can be found by looking down (the default direction) then there would be no reason to think it could exist anywhere else. This is the scam. To claim that you have to look in a direction that does not exist to discover a direction that does not exist is a presupposition and in philosophy that is also begging the question. If it existed we would be able to see it “now”, so why not just save us all the trouble of this make believe search and discovery mission of your make believe direction and just point it out now to all of us.”
The man pointed up.
“Any time you’re ready we don’t have all day” said Logical Bob.
“I already did”, said the man. “I just pointed up”.
“I didn’t see anything” said Logical Bob, never taking his eyes off the ground. “I have to go” said Logical Bob. “This is a complete waste of time and as you people can clearly see this man is trying to scam you” and the crowd dispersed leaving two people behind murmuring with each other.
“We saw where you were pointing and glanced in that direction and then we could see what you were pointing at” said one of the two. “All we had to do was change the direction we were looking in, just like you said”.
Great job Bob.