Simplifying the vast, burgeoning literature of cognitive science risks violating the very lessons this promising field inspires: be skeptical of your rationality; be wary of your gut instincts; be mindful of your mind’s certainties, blinds spots, and biases. Thinking is complicated, laborious mental work for most of us. Respecting that complexity without reducing it, cognitive science can offer a few emerging lessons to help our mental labors: Don’t just “blink.” Your gut instinct is not often your best guide to seemingly simple problems. Seemingly simple problems still require reasoning through. We’re just not that good at thinking, truth be told, even for what we assume are the smaller problems. In fact, more than 4-9 distinct variables of information can quickly overwhelm our brain’s built-in…