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Does "bear closer examination" mean "deserve closer examination"?

I've checked up all the definitions our dictionary offers. None of them appears very suitable here. Some nuance escapes from me.

Thanks in advance

The consequences of our irrationality on this front are so egregious that they bear closer examination. Each year, over 1.5 million men and women are arrested in the United States because of our drug laws. At this moment, somewhere on the order of 400,000 men and women languish in U.S. prisons for nonviolent drug offenses. One million others are currently on probation.3

-Sam Harris' The End of Faith
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