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Cultivating discerning citizens

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Science  25 Jun 2021:
Vol. 372, Issue 6549, pp. 1400
DOI: 10.1126/science.abj0816

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"Are vaccines safe for my baby?" wonders a new mother. After reading a few articles online that seem authoritative, she steps away from the computer and decides that there is not enough evidence to answer her question definitively. This scenario appears in the first of many vignettes in Science Denial that educational psychologists Gale Sinatra and Barbara Hofer use to confront a worrisome problem that extends beyond ideological science denial itself: the denial of science to those who seek credible information and who are often in great need of it.

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