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IS THERE A VACCINE FOR PROPAGANDA?

New research suggests the truth is more powerful than we thought.
CEO MONIKA BAUERLEIN

YOU’VE PROBABLY HAD this experience: You’re talking to someone you love and suddenly a gulf opens up between your reality and theirs. Say, you discover that they are a vaccine skeptic. Not an active denier perhaps—just someone who, in the words of a relative of mine, feels she “doesn’t know where the truth is on this.”

When I asked this relative, who is both smart and careful to avoid misinformation, why she didn’t

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