As a society we do the same thing, especially regarding science. For example, scientists know full well that we are not the end-all of species evolution. We are not the perfect creature that evolution was meant to create. Scientists know we are evolving even now and that evolution and natural selection do not have a plan, they are simply a process with no end and no predetermined set of results. Unfortunately, as a society we still hold these ideas which come out in our literature, our movies and our public discussions. These misconceptions prevent us from fully comprehending the scientific theories that do work.
Evolution and natural selection are not the only areas where we hold collective misconceptions. Some other areas are basic mathematics where we don't fully accept Gödel's incompleteness theorems and we still pursue Hilbert's program. We don't comprehend relativity because we don't feel the need to think that way in our day to day activities. We don't understand the basic concept that even hydrogen as a fuel still leaves us with the need for energy coming from somewhere.
We will have to overcome the lazy tendency to assume we know what we need to know and start putting forth the energy to learn and overcome our misconceptions. Our progress depends on it.