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Can Virtual Reality Help Us Develop Real Empathy?

The image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach etched the plight of Syrian refugees into America's consciousness. If only the world had felt his dinghy capsize, been thrown into the churning waters after fleeing a rubble-worn country. Maybe more would be willing to act. Now, virtual reality promises to mimic these experiences, with tools to view and hear and feel the world as a Syrian refugee, or a girl fetching water in East Africa.
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