David Brooks is a columnist for the New York Times, generally a mid-American Conservative with all that implies. But he can surprise. Today he took a whack at the convolute matters of cognition, context and eventually the choices we make. From the vantage of our sector of responsibility here, if we are not able to operate at this level of cerebralilty, we will never make the transition to not just an “examined society” but also a sustainable world. So we better start making better use of the space in the back of our brains as well.