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    • The idea that do not have free will, but are compelled to believe that we do. Not the first: Free Will Illusionism vs. Disillusionism - 12ft | There's No Such Thing as Free Will - The Atlantic
      • Smilansky advocates a view he calls illusionism—the belief that free will is indeed an illusion, but one that society must defend. The idea of determinism, and the facts supporting it, must be kept confined within the ivory tower. Only the initiated, behind those walls, should dare to, as he put it to me, “look the dark truth in the face.” Smilansky says he realizes that there is something drastic, even terrible, about this idea—but if the choice is between the true and the good, then for the sake of society, the true must go.
    • You can generalize this, eg to belief in God – doesn't seem quite as necessary as belief in free will, but there is an argument to be made that we are compelled to act as if some sky daddy is watching us, we believe it on some level even if we reject it intellectually.