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Hannah Fry, Truth on the Internet and my Dogs Bollocks



Our dog, Teddy
Teddy

Last night I watched a program by Hannah Fry looking at why some people are against vaccines. Part of the discussion was about truth and how facts are received or checked.


One of the problems is how you look up things on the internet. Without realising it how you ask Google a question can affect the answer. My dog knows because it cost him his bollocks.


When Teddy was a puppy we wondered whether to have him castrated. So we went online and asked, "Why should I have my dog castrated?" We got numerous positive answers relating to health and behaviour. So went along with the operation.


Teddy had the operation, but it was not an easy recovery as he had an infection. Although it was too late I did wonder whether I did the right thing thing. So Googled , "Reasons not to have your dog castrated". To my surprise the reasons not to castrate came up as numerous as the reasons to castrate.


The problem I had was that my original question had created a biased response. In such a way I've learned that when you look something up on the internet you have to be aware of how you ask the question.

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