Are there concepts that we have of the world that are dubious intellectually but on the whole, the concepts are argued to be beneficial and should be maintained? So-called Necessary Illusions or at least Functional Illusions.
This category could contain:
belief in an afterlife
free will and personal responsibility
Is an unwavering commitment to "the truth" (being illusion free) always beneficial to us as individuals and as a society?
Are their scientific truths that should be sacrificed on the altar of societal good? Should certain fields of study be off-limits and results suppressed out of concern for their impact on our values of justice, equality, progress?
As individuals, we maintain a whole host of biases that strongly influence our perceptions and reasoning in order to protect our self-concepts, our fragile egos and even our sanity. Should we seek to rid ourselves of these biases? Can we “handle the truth”?